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$50,000 Settlement Reached in Washington Over-Detention Suit

A $50,000 settlement was reached in an unlawful imprisonment suit filed against the Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC).

On March 31, 1992, Jeffrey Westfall pled guilty to one count attempted second-degree rape and two counts of residential burglary and was sentenced to 128 months. At the time of sentencing the court rejected imposing the requirement of pre-release address approval for his residence upon release from prison. Westfall was scheduled for early release on December 1, 1998, but his release was denied due to his not having a residence approved by WDOC. After exhausting administrative remedies and court filings, Westfall was released on December 5, 2001.

Westfall filed suit, claiming violations of civil rights including violations of due process, cruel and unusual punishment, negligence and unlawful imprisonment. The settlement was reached on November 30, 2004 granting Westfall $50,000. He was represented by the law offices of Phillips and Mazzone, of Everett, Washington. See: Westfall v. State of Washington, USDC, W.D. Washington Case No. CV03-1315.

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Westfall v. State of Washington