Cook County Settles Another Strip Search Case

County approved massive $55 million deal two months ago

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    For the second time in less than two months, the Cook County Board has agreed to pay out money to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates who were strip searched at the Cook County Jail.

    The board agreed Wednesday to $4.2 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed for men who were strip searched before being released from the jail.

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    This smaller, proposed settlement would end a class action suit filed six years ago by men who were strip searched prior to their release from jail, the Chicago Tribune's Clout Street explained. Attorneys say as many as 150,000 men may be eligible to share in the settlement.

    In November, the board agreed to pay out $55.3 million in a separate strip-search case. That case, which was filed in 2006, dealt with strip searches of detainees who entered the jail between Jan. 30, 2004 and March 19, 2009.

    Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) told the Tribune that this new settlement should be the last one facing the city.