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Assault Caused by Overcrowding, Negligent Control of Contraband Settles for $27,000

On December 30, 1999, the District of Columbia agreed to settle a negligence suit for $27,000. The suit alleged guards at D.C.’s Occoquan Facility failed to protect a prisoner from assault.

On February 9, 1996, Mitchell Goings was attacked by other prisoners at Occoquan and was stabbed multiple times. Goings alleged that guards were negligent in failing to properly control the presence of contraband such as “shanks.” He also alleged that guards negligently supervised the Occoquan facility. Finally, Goings alleged that the District was negligent in running Occoquan over design capacity.

Goings was represented by Rober DeBerardinis, Jr. of Washington D.C. See: Goings v. District of Columbia, No. 96-7323 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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Goings v. District of Columbia