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D.C. Agrees to Pay $1,000 to Settle Negligence Suit Over Conditions at Lorton

On August 3, 2000, the District of Columbia agreed to settle a negligence suit brought on behalf of a prisoner at the now-closed Lorton Reformatory.

On September 13, 1996, guards instructed Keith John Lewis to move from his cell in CB Unit. It was around 1:30 AM and the cell block was extremely dark. The guards did not turn on the lights. Lewis walked into the edge of a protruding window frame or window bars causing injury to his eye.

Lewis alleged that the guards were negligent in not turning on the lights before moving him to his new cell. Lewis also alleged that the District was negligent for failing to fix the protruding window frame/ window bars.

The District settled the case for $1,000. Lewis was represented by Robert DeBerardinis, Jr., of Washington, D.C.

See: Lewis v. District of Columbia, No. 96-9615 (D.C. Sup. Ct. 2000).

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