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Benton County, WA: (May-15-08) James Alan Bauer, a Kennewick man, brought a lawsuit against Benton County, alleging that a three-day jail stay compounded his already existing mental illness. The damage claim against the county stemmed from a July 2007 incarceration at the Benton County jail, where the 54-year-old Bauer spent three days. Sources stated that Bauer has a long history of mental health issues, secondary to anxiety, depression, agoraphobia and claustrophobia.

The suit alleged that when Bauer reported to Benton County Corrections two weeks later, he was told that there were not enough home monitoring units and to return in August 2007. In July 2007, the sheriff's office issued a warrant for Bauer's arrest for not complying with the court order, though the letter says Bauer already had reported to corrections officials and agreed to return in August. He was held in jail July 14-16, 2007. Legal counsel claimed that Bauer struggled during his incarceration period, suffering from anxiety since he has issues with his claustrophobia and agoraphobia. He suffered trying to cope, as he has several anti-social disorders. As part of a settlement reached, the county agreed to pay Bauer $45,000 to resolve the allegations. [TRI CITY HERALD: BENTON COUNTY TO SETTLE OVER MAN'S JAIL STINT]

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Published on May-21-08


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