Cook County Jail Strip Search Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

This class action alleged that the Sheriff of Cook County and the Cook County jail violated the US Constitution by conducting blanket strip searches or visual body cavity searches during initial admission of around 300,000 pre-trial detainees. The searches took place between January 20, 2004 and March 30, 2009. The detainees had been charged with misdemeanors or lesser offenses that did not involve weapons or drugs, the complaint said, so that the searches were not reasonable and violated the Fourth Amendment.

The case was settled, but it was decided that class members were entitled to additional payment from the defendants’ insurers. That required a second case, which has now been resolved. The additional round of payments is now being distributed to class members who were eligible, and who filed claims, in the original case. 

Docket Number:

06-CV-552 (N.D. Ill.)

Company: Cook County Jail

Class Period: January 20, 2004 to March 30, 2009

Objection Deadline: August 14, 2017

Final Approval Hearing: September 12, 2017

Proof of Purchase:

No; must have filed a claim in the original distribution


You may be eligible if you were a member of one of the classes in the original Cook County jail strip search case and if you filed a valid claim at that time. If you did not file a claim during the first round of distributions, you are not eligible for this second round of distributions.

Typical Settlement Amount:


Total Settlement Amount: $32,500,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firm:
Loevy and Loevy

Case Name: Young v. County of Cook

Settlement Website: Cook County Jail Strip Search Settlement

Claims Administrator:
Rust Consulting

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Young v Cook County II – 5614

Rust Consulting

PO Box 2599

Faribault, MN 55021-9599 

Tags: Civil Rights, Unreasonable Search