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Inmate Sues State, Wins $300k, Then State Takes Out Incarceration Cost

Connecticut prison officials used a portion of an inmate's settlement to pay for the cost of his imprisonment.

Hartford, CT – A state prison inmate has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Connecticut because the state used a portion of his civil rights violation payout to cover the inmate’s incarceration expenses.

The state has also frozen the inmate’s trust account, and expressed intent to seek an additional $50,000 to pay for the convicted felon’s public defender and other expenses, the Associated Press reported.

Rashad Williams, 42, was convicted of attempted murder, assault, and various other offenses in 2004, after he attempted to rob a carwash.

He engaged in a gunfight with his intended victims, resulting in his accomplice being killed. One of the victims was also injured.

While incarcerated at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, Connecticut in 2010, Williams objected to being housed with a violent gang member. However, prison officials did not grant Williams his request to have the gang member housed elsewhere.

Court documents said that when corrections officers removed the gang member’s handcuffs, he assaulted Williams, who was still in handcuffs, according to the Associated Press.

Williams sustained injuries to his knee, head, ankle, and back.

He proceeded to file a federal lawsuit against the prison, and a jury decided that Connecticut Department of Correction Captain Dennis Marinelli had violated Williams’ civil rights by placing the gang member in his cell.

Williams was awarded $300,000.

Like most states, Connecticut allows inmates to be charged for costs associated with their imprisonment. Up to half of inmates’ settlements, legal awards, and certain property can also be seized, the Associated Press reported.

"The State has gone to significant lengths to attempt to reduce its liability and to deny Mr. Williams full compensation for his damages," Williams’ attorney, J. Tyler Butts said in a court document, according to the Associated Press.

The state has argued that Williams cannot legally seek the balance of the payout award, and said that it has not waived its immunity from Williams’ lawsuit.

Butts contended that federal law superseded state law, and that the remainder of Williams’ settlement should be shielded from state officials.

Williams’ request was being considered by a judge in Hartford, the Associated Press reported.

I fully disagree with allowing inmates the right to sue. And if they are financially fit they should have to pay restitution. Why should they get a free ride?! A lot of upstanding citizens live in a lot worse situation!

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Soon more inmates will start sueing for anything you can think off.

They have more rights than those not in prison!!!!

Take all the money.

Take every last penny.

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"Court documents said that when corrections officers removed the gang member’s handcuffs, he assaulted Williams, who was still in handcuffs, according to the Associated Press.

Williams sustained injuries to his knee, head, ankle, and back."

This is why inmates have the right to sue -- to deter mischief by the guards. This is also the argument as to why the winnings should be shielded (at least shielded fro the prison itself). Surprised this need explaining.

They already do. The clog the legal system with frivolous law suits. Has been going on for years. They will do anything to get a day in court so they are of of prison for the day. Makes for a very dangerous situation for the Correctional and Police Officers.

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