CCA Pays $6,000 Settlement in Dangerous Conditions Causing Tennessee Prisoner’s Slip and Fall
Corrections Corporation of America paid $6,184.71 to settle a claim brought by Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility prisoner James A. Reese, who alleged negligence for CCA’s improper housing of him and failure to provide safe conditions.
Reese was classified a medium security, but he was housed in a maximum security wing. While his cellmate was using the sink on the evening of April 3, 2006, it flooded the cell. Shortly afterwards, the guard shift changed. The outgoing guards advised the new shift of the situation, but the new guard refused to provide equipment to clean up the water.
When breakfast was brought at 3:30 AM the next morning, Reese slipped and fell. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a bulging disc. Upon return from the hospital, he was treated in the medical ward and again placed in the maximum security wing, where he was attacked by another prisoner and then placed in protective custody.
The above facts were contained in a letter summarizing Reese’s administrative grievances and seeking compensation for his injuries. The April 2007 settlement was reached seven months after Nashville attorney William J. Haynes, III, sent the letter to CCA. The confidential settlement was obtained by PLN via public records request.
See: CCA-AF C6/2/14PRA 003
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CCA-AF C6/2/14PRA 003
|Cite||CCA-AF C6/2/14PRA 003|
|Level||State Trial Court|