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Illegal Strip Search Suit Settled for $33 Million

This is a settlement for the Civil / Human Rights lawsuit.

New York, NY: A class action lawsuit alleging that women were forced to undergo gynaecological exams in New York City jails has been settled for $33 million.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of people who were arrested on misdemeanor drugs and weapons charges, jumping turnstiles, failing to pay child support, shoplifting and trespassing, and who subsequently underwent strip searches.

The terms of the settlement would provide payments of $1,800 and $2,900 per victim, depending on the number of people who respond and qualify. The two female lead plaintiffs will each receive $20,000 for injury and suffering.

The case included people arrested, but not convicted, between July 15, 1999, and Oct. 4, 2007. The court has already ruled that the practice violated the prisoners' constitutional rights.

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Published on Mar-23-10


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