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BOP Over-detention of Prisoner Nets $35,000 Settlement

The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $35,000 to settle a claim alleging it over-detained a prisoner by 154 days.

Lester Coleman was due to be released on July 5, 2000, but he was not released until December 7, 2000.  His complaint stated that over that 154 day period he was in solitary confinement for 30 days, was housed in six different prisons, and “was transported between custody facilities while strapped to a chair eight (8) times.”  The over-detention was due to a failure to credit jail time.

Coleman filed his claim on February 26, 2001.  On June 3, 2002, the claim was settled for $35,000.  Coleman was represented by Lexington, Kentucky, attorney Michael T. Meehan.  See:  BOP Administrative Tort Claim No TRT-MXR-2001-04493.

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