COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county is seeking to settle a federal lawsuit over photos of 682 women incarcerated inconspicuous tattoos for $2.5 million.
Franklin County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to the settlement, which must be approved by a federal judge.
The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2013 on behalf of women who were arrested for misdemeanor misdemeanors between May 23, 2011 and April 30, 2014. The photos show their tattoos on or near their intimate body parts when they are brought into the prison district.
This prison was decommissioned in April 2014.
Each woman is estimated to receive $2,735 under the plan. One-third of the agreement will cover attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses.
According to the documents, the settlement does not include men, detainees charged with felonies or those with tattoos photographed not in an intimate area.
Under the terms of the settlement, the county will not admit wrongdoing. The sheriff’s office will be asked to destroy the photos and stop taking pictures with intimate tattoos of detainees for misdemeanors.
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