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Washington Settles Work Release Denial Claim for $2,284

The State of Washington paid a prisoner $2,284.00 to settle his tort claim for negligently delaying his work release.

Washington prisoner Jeremy Post became eligible for work release on July 25, 2007. He was approved on October 2, 2007 for release to the Bishop Lewis Work Release Facility. Washington law required prison officials to send out a 35-day law enforcement notification, which prevented Post’s release until November 7, 2007.

On November 7, 2007, however, Post was told that prison officials had failed to send out the notification, requiring him to remain in custody until January 19, 2008. “To be eligible for work release, you must have at least six…weeks left before your release date,” wrote Post. “By the time that they discovered their mistake, I was no longer eligible for release, through no fault of my own.” Post filed a November 16, 2007 tort claim, alleging lost wages of $1,571.50.

On February 4, 2008, prison officials agreed to pay Post $2,284.00 to settle his tort claim.

Source: In re Post, Tort Claim Notice & Release.

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In re Post