Pa. County Settles Inmates Abuse Suits

February 8, 2008

An insurance company for Somerset County, Pa. has settled lawsuits by six former jail inmates who claimed they were beaten by other inmates while jail officials did nothing to stop the assaults.

Somerset solicitor Dan Rullo says the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool decided it was cheaper to settle than to fight the suit.
The amount isn’t being disclosed, but the county is responsible for $9,000 in deductibles.

Somerset Borough police charged seven former inmates with hazing and assaults on other inmates in March 2005. Six inmates pleaded guilty. Charges against the seventh were dismissed.

Police said the attackers were longer-term inmates who would force short-term inmates to submit to the shower shoe beatings or face worse assaults

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  • February 12, 2008 at 1:51 am
    Ins Agcy says:
    Dawn, you are way out in some nether field. Yes, all those things you mentioned have occured to our family! Yet, hurtful as the things done to us, including your insinuations... read more
  • February 12, 2008 at 12:32 pm
    Dawn says:
    I hope you're still as smug on your high horse if, God Forbid, YOU are the one being robbed by someone who has done time 4 times before for robbery or someone YOU love is foun... read more
  • February 12, 2008 at 12:12 pm
    Ins Agcy says:
    Dawn. You like your money as much as I like mine. But, in this country, we all pay Taxes and Die. Remember the demonstrations against the Viet Nam War and the Draft Resisters?... read more
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