The District of Columbia has agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle allegations the city had a practice of holding inmates at the D.C. Jail past their release date and of wrongfully strip searching inmates who were supposed to be released.
The settlement, if approved, would end nearly eight years of litigation. U.S. District Senior Judge Royce Lamberth found in 2011 the city violated inmates' constitutional rights, although not during the whole time period the plaintiffs alleged. Absent a settlement, the case would go to trial over how much the city owed in damages.
Lawyers for the city and the class today asked Lamberth to give preliminary approval to the settlement. Class members will have an opportunity to file objections before any final deal.