Conn. prisoner wins $12K verdict over 'putrid' mattress deemed cruel and unusual punishment

  • by: JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 3:40 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut prisoner who said he was forced to sleep on a mattress that smelled of mildew and missing much of its stuffing was awarded $12,000 Friday by a jury that concluded he suffered cruel and unusual punishment.

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