November 12, 2019 | 12:45pm
The state of Indiana should pay a convicted killer $425,000 after protecting him in solitary confinement for greater than 4 years with out conducting a single evaluate to find out whether or not he ought to stay segregated, in accordance with a brand new report.
Jay Vermillon, who’s serving time for homicide and different offenses, entered solitary confinement at Westville Correctional Facility in 2009, however he was by no means given a transparent rationalization for his segregation — or the possibility to argue his case in opposition to staying there, legal professional Maggie Filler of the Chicago-based MacArthur Justice Middle instructed The Indianapolis Star.
He described his short-term dwelling as a chilly “concrete tomb with a solid steel door” that allowed him no direct contact with others, work or recreation, in accordance with the report.
State legislation solely permits a most solitary confinement time period of 30 days earlier than officers should conduct a evaluate. However that by no means occurred in Vermillon’s case — so he sued the Division of Correction, in accordance with the report.
An October settlement obtained by the Star decided that the state should pay him roughly $100,000 for every year he spent in isolation.
Indiana Division of Correction spokesman Dave Bursten instructed the paper that the company agreed to resolve the case to keep away from litigation-related “uncertainties” and bills.
“We continue to deny any fault, wrongdoing or liability with respect to this litigation,” Bursten stated.
Vermillion was convicted in 1997 for fatally capturing his ex-girlfriend in 1995, in accordance with court docket paperwork obtained by the Star.
Now, he’s being held on the Pendleton Correctional Facility with an anticipated launch round 2036.