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Shelby County, Tennessee Jail Longer Detentions Settlement

Shelby County, Tennessee is settling a class action alleging it detained certain people for longer than permitted by law. The complaint alleged that the excessive detentions were due to a computer system installed in November 2016 and violated state and federal laws.  Read more

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Chester, PA Cell Block Strip Search Settlement

The City of Chester, Pennsylvania is paying individuals who were illegally strip searched when they were admitted to the city’s cell block. The complaint alleges that these illegal searches were done on individuals who were charged only with summary offenses (like disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, traffic infractions, or civil commitments) or misdemeanors that did not  Read more

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Lynwood Jail Strip Searches Settlement

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is giving up $53 million to settle a class action about strip searches performed at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California. The complaint alleged that the way the strip searches were performed was unconstitutional.  Read more

New York City Corrections Visitor Invasive Search Settlement

The New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) is settling a class action lawsuit, with $12.5 million for payouts and $5.4 million in attorneys’ fees and costs. The complaint alleged that the DOC improperly subjected visitors who came to see inmates to invasive searches. An invasive search is one that resulted in more than accidental  Read more

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