D.C. Inmates Suspected In Shooting Damages Scheme


Four inmates wounded in a shooting last month at Washington, D.C.’s jail may have planned the incident to win money from the government by claiming that the facility had failed to ensure their safety, says the Washington Post.

Investigators are trying to determine the serious breach of security occurred at the detention center. The small-caliber handgun used in the inmate-on-inmate shooting was smuggled into the building’s maximum-security wing. Investigators reportedly are focusing on either a corrections officer or an outside contractor.

One of the inmates is thought to have shot the three others and himself. Corrections officers said that inmates have been known to harm themselves as a basis for suing the city. They said inmates will fall down on a wet floor, contaminate their food and even swallow razor blades.

Authorities believe one of the inmates was involved in a failed scheme at the same jail, possibly in 1992. In June of that year, four detainees who snuck a gun into a cellblock through a broken window were each shot in the leg. Their plan was to sue the city for damages or escape from the hospital where they would be treated for their wounds.

The more than 2,200 inmates at the jail are in their fourth week of a full lockdown because of the incident, the longest such restriction there in recent memory.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7291-2004Jan11.html

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