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State to appeal $295,000 award to inmate over wet mattress

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The state says it will appeal a federal jury's $295,000 damage award to a prisoner who said he was forced to sleep on a wet mattress.

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State Justice Spokesman Bill Cosh says the case is far from over and he says the Corrections' Department will be vindicated.

The federal jury in Madison ruled last week in favor of Reggie Townsend, 29, of Milwaukee.

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