HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut inmate is fighting the state in federal court after officials were ordered to pay him $300,000 in a lawsuit over a beating he took from another prisoner, but gave him less than half the total after subtracting costs of his incarceration.
Rashad Williams, serving a 30-year sentence for attempted murder and other crimes, says officials basically used a state law on recouping imprisonment costs from inmates to reduce the penalty for violating his civil rights. His lawyer, J. Tyler Butts, said the state’s move violated federal civil rights law and blunted the law’s goal of deterring human rights abuses.
“The State has gone to significant lengths to attempt to reduce its liability and to deny Mr. Williams full compensation for his damages,” Butts wrote in a court document, accusing officials of “a pattern of behavior demonstrating the State’s clear disregard” for Williams’ rights.
Butts and state officials declined to comment for this story.