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D.C. Agrees to Pay $4,000 to Settle Lorton Prisoner’s Failure to Protect Suit

On August 24, 2001, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $4,000 to a man who was assaulted at Lorton Reformatory.

Darnell Meeks was assaulted on June 23, 2000, while incarcerated at Central Facility, a portion of Lorton. Meeks was stabbed and hit in the head with a brick.

After the attack, Meeks did not receive adequate emergency medical care, according to Meeks’ complaint, which compromised his health and well-being.

Meeks sued claiming the District was negligent in controlling contraband at Lorton, running the facility beyond capacity, failing to adequately supervise the prison population, failing to provide adequate training for guards, and failing to provide proper medical care after the attack.

The District settled for $4,000. Meeks was represented by Douglas Sparks of Washington, D.C.

See: Meeks v. District of Columbia, No. 00-8212 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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Meeks v. District of Columbia