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BOP Settles Prisoner Injury Claim for $1,500

The Bureau of Prisons settled an injury lawsuit filed by prisoner Hazel Jackson on February 7, 2001.

Jackson, a prisoner held at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, California, alleged in her complaint that on June 22, 1997 she "fell into an uncovered vent hole while walking along a darkened hallway" at the prison. She further alleged that the vent hole was left uncovered "due to the negligence of the correctional staff" at FCI Dublin, and that she suffered injuries to her right leg, knee, hip and both hands as a result of the fall.

Jackson's initial attempts at administrative resolution of the issue failed, and she then hired San Francisco, California attorney Frank A. D'Alfonsi. D'Alfonsi filed an administrative claim pursuant to the Federal Tort Claim Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2671, et seq. The claim was denied by Harlan W. Penn, Regional Counsel for the Bureau of Prisons, and the case proceeded to federal court.

Jackson demanded $15,000.00 in damages, but settled the claim for $1,500.00. As part of the settlement, Jackson also agreed to drop her case and release the Bureau of Prisons from further liability.

The documents from the case were obtained by Prison Legal News after winning a twelve-year-long battle with the Bureau of Prisons over a Freedom of Information Act request.

See: Jackson v. United States, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, Civil No. C-00-3458 EDL.

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