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Floyd Co. Jail settles class action suit for $1.23 million over alleged mistreatment of inmates

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A federal judge approved a $1.23 million settlement of a class action suit that alleged mistreatment of several inmates at the Floyd County Jail in New Albany, Ind., plaintiffs’ attorney Dan Canon confirmed Monday.

In 2014, six former inmates sued Floyd County, then-sheriff Darrell Mills and four corrections officers after their booking into the jail for incidents as early as June 2012.

Their complaint said jail officers “stripped, held naked, tortured, humiliated and abused” them by using unwarranted Taser applications, pepper spray and other excessive force. Officers also placed the inmates in padded holding cells without toilets and withheld proper bedding, clothing and hygiene supplies.

The maneuvers also exposed the inmates’ private areas to corrections officers and other inmates; at least one incident is recorded on publicly-accessible video, the lawsuit said.

A third-party administrator will distribute the money after payment of approximately $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs and $15,000 for each of the six plaintiffs for being “the faces” of the suit. Those six will receive additional payments according to criteria in the settlement agreement, court records said.

The agreement also called for certification and additional training of jail employees. The county already has discontinued its “combative subjects” policy in effect when the plaintiffs were arrested, court records said. 

The parties first agreed to the settlement in February 2017. Members of the class had until July 21 to submit claim forms.

An attorney for Floyd County had not returned a phone message to WDRB News as of early Monday afternoon.

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