A California prison guard won a $10-million judgment against two inmates who attacked him, says the Los Angeles Times. It was a major victory for a group of guards that has been targeting violent inmates in civil court. The judgment was entered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge after the two defendants failed to file proper responses with the court. The two men attacked the guard last April as he walked across an exercise yard in the prison at Lancaster. The guard, who is 25 and has worked for the prison system for 2 1/2 years, said he suffered “permanent traumatic brain injury” from the attack.
The case was filed with help from the California Staff Assault Task Force, a group not connected with the prison guards union or the state Department of Corrections. They hope judgments will allow guards to seize even the paltriest inmate possessions – such as hot plates and radios – as a means to deter future attacks.