|Volume Number: 30
Category(s): PRISONS AND PRISONERS
|Opinion Issued November 26, 2013|
|VINCENT B. BANKS|
|REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY|
Claimant appeared pro se.
Stephen R. Connolly, Assistant Attorney General, for Respondent.
| PER CURIAM:
This claim was submitted for decision without a hearing based upon the allegations in the Notice of Claim and Respondent's Answer.
Claimant, an inmate at Northern Regional Jail at the time of the incident, seeks to recover $500.00 for an item of personal property that was never returned to him.
In its Answer, Respondent admits the validity of the claim and that the amount is fair and reasonable with regard to the loss of property. 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 determination.
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, remains in its custody, and is not returned to the inmate.
Accordingly, the Court is of the opinion to make an award to the Claimant herein in the amount of $500.00, and the Court does find that this amount is fair and reasonable.
Award of $500.00.