Dongarra v. Smith

The Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s order dismissing a prisoner’s civil suit after the prison forced him to wear a shirt that erroneously labeled him a sex offender. The plaintiff was incarcerated after his conviction for bank robbery. During his intake at the jail, a guard gave him an ID card and a T-shirt, mislabeling him a sex offender. Though he protested, the guard did not remedy the situation. Though the plaintiff was worried he would be assaulted because of the mix-up, he was never harmed. The Third Circuit agreed with the lower court that the courts could not award damages to compensate the plaintiff for an assault that never happened.

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