OPINION ISSUED JULY 19, 2000
ERVIN LEE PHILLIPS
REGIONAL JAIL AND CORRECTIONAL
Claimant appeared pro se.
Joy M. Cavallo, Assistant Attorney General, for respondent.
This claim was submitted for decision based upon the
allegations in the Notice of Claim and respondent's Answer.
Claimant, an inmate at the Southwestern Regional Jail, in
Holden, Logan County, seeks $130.00 for a watch that was entrusted
to respondent. When claimant inspected his inventoried and stored
personal property items, he discovered that his watch was missing.
Thus far, respondent's employees have been unable to produce
claimant's personal property.
In its Answer, respondent admits the validity of the claim and
that the amount is fair and reasonable. The Court is aware that
respondent does not have a fiscal method for paying claims of this
nature; therefore, the claim has been submitted to this Court for
This Court has taken the position in prior claims that if a
bailment situation has been created, respondent is responsible for
property of an inmate which is taken from that inmate and is not
produced for return to the inmate.
Accordingly, the Court makes an award to the claimant herein
in the amount of $130.00.
Award of $130.00.