The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that a federal judge approved a class action lawsuit settlement in which Lake County agreed to pay $7.2 million to inmates who complained about jail conditions. The Post-Tribune reported in October that approximately 25,000 people received letters informing them they may be eligible to participate in the settlement. According to the Times, over 8,000 people have filed claims and are expected to get a percentage of the settlement. The Post-Tribune reported that the settlement will allow Lake County to “close another dark chapter of its jail woes.”
According to the agreement, inmates who were confined for 24 hours or longer in a holding cell at the Lake County Jail between May 13, 2006, and February 1, 2012, will be eligible to submit a claim for payment from the settlement. The seven plaintiffs sued the county, former Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez, former Warden Caren Jones, former Warden Benny Freeman and unknown jail supervisors in 2008. They alleged that the jail conditions were “inhumane,” claiming that “inmates were held for weeks or months in overcrowded holding cells after their arrival and had to sleep directly on concrete,” according to the Times. The plaintiffs also claimed in the initial complaint that medical care was “nearly nonexistent” and the floor of the jail had human waste on it.
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