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Floyd County Seeks To Settle Jail Lawsuit For $1.23 Million

The lawsuit filed in 2014 alleges inhuman conditions at the Floyd County Jail.

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A lawsuit alleges jail staff subjected inmates to excessive force.

A southern Indiana county has proposed settling a federal class action lawsuit alleging inhuman conditions at its jail for $1.23 million.

The (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier-Journal reports the agreement reached last month between Floyd County and six former inmates is pending a judge’s approval.

The lawsuit filed in 2014 alleges jail officers forcibly removed clothing from inmates who didn’t pose security threats, left them naked for prolonged periods and subjected them to excessive force.

The settlement agreement applies to inmates not on suicide watch who were placed in a padded cell where they were deprived of clothes, bedding and hygiene products between June 12, 2012, and the present.

Messages seeking comment were left Friday for attorneys representing the county in the case.

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