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D.C. Jail Prisoner Stabbed Multiple Times Receives $11,000 Settlement

On March 1, 2007, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $11,000 to a prisoner who was stabbed multiple times at the D.C. Jail.

Melvin Givens was stabbed repeatedly in the back, head and stomach by another prisoner after exiting his cell. Givens was stabbed with a homemade knife, commonly called a “shank.”

Givens sued alleging the District was negligent in failing to control the presence of knives in the jail, and negligent in failing to supervise the prisoners and/or provide adequate training to guards.

Givens was represented by Geoffrey Allen of Washington, D.C. See: Givens v District of Columbia, No. 06-0001324 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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Givens v District of Columbia