$2.99M deal brokered in NM strip search lawsuit

Proposed settlement covers Santa Rosa jail, 5 others in 3 states

By Scott Sandlin
The Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lawyers in a class action lawsuit involving strip searches of pretrial detainees at six jails, including one in Santa Rosa, N.M., have announced a proposed settlement with prison operator GEO Group Inc.

A Pennsylvania law firm, Chimicles & Tikellis, negotiated a $2.99 million settlement, excluding legal fees - up to $400 for all eligible class members - after a federal judge refused to dismiss the case.

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