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$8,000 Settlement in D.C. Assault Case

On October 7, 2003, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $8,000 to a prisoner who was assaulted with a metal pipe and homemade knife.

On March 15, 2000, while on his way to the shower at Central Security Facility, John Garner was assaulted by another prisoner. Another prisoner hit Garner with a metal pipe and stabbed him. No guard witnessed the incident.

Central Security Facility was understaffed and overcrowded, chronic problems that have plagued the D.C. Department of Corrections for years.

Garner sued claiming negligent supervision, negligent control of contraband and inadequate training by the District.

The District settled for $8,000. Garner was represented by attorney Geoffrey Allen of Washington D.C.

See: Garner v. District of Columbia, No. 01-2310 (RMU) (D. Colo. 2003).

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Garner v. District of Columbia