Trials & Litigation

Inmates Will Get $153K, Lawyers Have Earned Nearly $1.6M as 9-Year-Old Chicago Jail Suit Settles

After nine years of legal battle, the Cook County Board has agreed to settle for $1 million a lawsuit over a since-amended weekend lockdown policy at its Chicago jail.

The bulk of the money, $850,000, will go to the lawyer who represented four female inmates in the suit, which they tried without success to persuade a federal judge to approve as a class action, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The plaintiff inmates will get a total of $153,000.

Meanwhile, the county has paid its outside counsel another $732,144 to defend the suit.

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