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The D.C. jail has been repeatedly sued for claims of illegally detaining prisoners past their release dates. Now one inmate alleges in a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that the facility’s failure to remove him from a heightened-security unit led to serious injury. Milton Price states in the suit that he was removed from the general population last August after using a cup that he didn’t realize was considered contraband. His cellmate in the new unit confessed that he had killed people, so Price asked for a cell change, but the guards refused, the suit states. Less than three weeks later, a disciplinary hearing concluded that Price should be returned to the general population, but before he was moved, his new cellmate allegedly stabbed and punched him in the eye, for which Price received a dozen stitches. He now has permanent vision problems, according to the suit. Filed May 10 against the District and the jail, Price’s suit argues that jail officials put him in a dangerous situation. His lawyers from Reed Smith and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs are asking for unspecified damages. The D.C. Attorney General’s Office says it just received a copy of the suit and is reviewing it.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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