- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - More than 1,000 people jailed in Spokane County in the past six years for failing to pay court-ordered fines will benefit from a class-action lawsuit that prompted the jail to change policy.

The Spokesman-Review says the settlement, valued at about $350,000, applies to all those booked into the jail for failure to pay fees, fines and court-ordered restitution.

Attorneys for Betty Rucker, who sued the county on behalf of all inmates who were jailed for delinquent payment of fines between 2008 and 2014, called the settlement a common-sense resolution to a violation of constitutional rights.

The county agreed to the settlement without admitting guilt.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com


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