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D.C. Prisoner Settles Stabbing, Failure to Protect Suit for $9,000

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $9,000 to settle the negligence suit of prisoner Karl Carrington for injuries sustained from a stabbing by another prisoner.

Carrington was stabbed by another prisoner with a metal push broom. While the complaint gives no other details about Carrington’s assault, the complaint in this action paints a violent picture of conditions at facilities operated by D.C.’s Department of Corrections. Detailed are the incidents of 22 assaults with weapons, six that resulted in death, between 1995 and 1999.

The assault of Carrington occurred on April 15, 2001, at D.C.’s Central Facility. The complaint alleged negligence for the failure to control contraband, supervise prisoners, overcrowding, and failure to train and supervise staff.

Carrington accepted settlement on June 4, 2002. He was represented by Washington D.C. Attorney Geoffrey D. Allen. See: Carrington v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 01-5143.

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Carrington v. District of Columbia