Prisoners Injuries Cases In Illinois

In Goodrich v. State (1984), 36 Ill. Ct. Cl. 326, a prisoner was injured after being thrown from a pick-up truck which he was ordered to ride in after a prison picnic. The Court found that the State, through its agent, was negligent and the Claimant was entitled to an award because of his relationship to the supervisor and his situation as a prisoner. The prisoner had no real choice but to follow orders. In York v. State (1981), 35 Ill. Ct. Cl. 67, a prisoner was burned over his face and hands when a stove he had to light during his duties as a prison cook exploded. In White v. State (1994) 47 Ill. Ct. Cl. 344, an officer then fired a shot on the floor near the inmate. White was struck by pellets from a birdshot that ricocheted off the floor.