MI: Jury awards women $15.4 million for sexual abuse in prison
By Real Cost of Prisons Project (The Sentencing Project)
Jury awards women $15.4 million for sexual abuse in prison
By Tina Lam, Detroit Free Press
Ten current and former prisoners at the state's Scott Women's Correctional Facility held hands and sobbed as a Washtenaw County jury awarded them $15.4 million in damages today for rapes, invasions of privacy and sexual harassment at the hands of corrections officers.
The 10 jurors took the unusual step of reading a formal apology to the tearful women on behalf of the citizens of Michigan for what they had suffered.
"We would like to express our extreme regret and apologies," one juror read to the women standing, heads mostly bowed, before them. Washtenaw Circuit Court Judge Timothy Connors gave the plaintiffs a chance to speak to the jury.
"I'm heading back to prison today," one of the women said, facing the jury...continue to full post
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