- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Inmates who sue over prisoner civil rights issues typically don’t earn garner big financial awards in settlements or even when they win their cases. University of Michigan law professor Margo Schlanger researched prisoner litigation awards and found that in 2012, the average award was under $22,000 for trials and under $19,000 for non-trials. Nationwide, the total liquidated damages were $1 million.

There’s no way to know just how much money inmates are awarded in litigation in Idaho, because settlements against private individuals and companies are often sealed. But here’s a look at how much money the state of Idaho has paid to current or former inmates for litigation in federal and state court and in out-of-court settlements on a yearly basis:

Fiscal year 2004 - $0

FY 2005 - $0

FY 2006 - $250

FY 2007 - $101,000

FY 2008 - $29,500

FY 2009 - $55,000

FY 2010 - $0

FY 2011 - $121,250

FY 2012 - $30,948.50

FY 2013 - $1,000

FY 2014 - $0

FY 2015 - $0

FY 2016, to date - $50,000

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Numbers from the Idaho Department of Administration’s Risk Management division

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