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Inmate Lawsuit Settles for $12M Giving 10,000 Ex-Inmates $600 Each

Bucks County agreed Monday to pay a little more than $10 million to settle class action claims that it violated the privacy of more than 10,000 former Bucks County prison inmates.

The payout includes $4 million in plaintiff attorney fees and expenses related to the nearly seven-year legal battle over the county’s online Inmate Lookup Tool. 

On top of those settlement costs, the county also spent $2.48 million on its legal fees in the case, according to a spokesman.

Still, it’s much less than the potential $68 million in damages the county faced after a federal jury found in 2019 it violated the state’s Criminal History Record Information Act, known as CHRIA, when it posted inmate information and mugshots on a publicly accessible website.

Read the source article at Bucks County Courier Times

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