Tuesday, December 02, 2003

State pays to settle inmate wrongful death suit in Wise County

According to this report ("State pays $350,000 in inmate's death," 12/2) in the Roanoke Times, the Commonwealth paid $350,000 to settle the claim filed in connection with the alleged wrongful death of an inmate at the Wallen's Ridge prison in Wise County. The newspaper obtained the details of the settlement by filing a FOIA request to the state's Department of Treasury. As one consequence of the incident on which the case was based, prison officials are no longer using the stun gun.

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