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Strip-Search Lawsuit Settled for $1.1 Million

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

Springfield, MA: A $1.1 million settlement has been approved ending a class action brought against the Franklin County Jail by hundreds of detainees who allege they were strip searched without justification, and that it was unconstitutional.

Some 486 plaintiffs, who are former detainees, will each be eligible for as much as $3500 under the settlement terms. The plaintiffs have until October 11 2010 to submit a claim.

The plaintiffs alleged that the jail's policy was to strip-search all detainees when they arrived at the facility or left for court. According to a report on, the law was discontinued in 2007, when a new, modern jail was built in Greenfield, replacing the outdated Franklin County facility.

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Published on Jul-16-10


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