Pris­oner law­suit agree­ment gets pre­lim­i­nary OK

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A fed­eral judge has given pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to an agree­ment set­tling a clas­s­ac­tion law­suit over a D.C. law that banned in­mates’ re­lease from the city’s jail dur­ing the late evening and early morn­ing hours.

For­mer D.C. Jail in­mates sued in 2006, say­ing the law kept them in jail longer than nec­es­sary. The in­mates also sued over im­proper strip searches. The prob­lems were largely fixed by 2008.

The D.C. at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice an­nounced the set­tle­ment Thurs­day. Of­fi­cials said it pro­vides a max­i­mum to­tal of $2.9 mil­lion to for­mer in­mates, who would re­ceive pay­ments based on the length of their overde­ten­tion and whether they were strip searched. Another $2 mil­lion will go to at­tor­neys’ fees. Other ex­penses bring the to­tal po­ten­tial set­tle­ment to $6.2 mil­lion.

A hear­ing will be held March 17.

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