Inmates Will Get $153K, Lawyers Have Earned Nearly $1.6M as 9-Year-Old Chicago Jail Suit Settles
Posted Apr 04, 2012 05:56 pm CDT
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.