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MI: State of Michigan set to pay $80M to settle sex abuse suit with former juvenile offenders

[ – 2/27/20]

The Michigan Department of Corrections will pay $80 million to settle a lawsuit with former juvenile offenders who claimed they were sexually abused in Michigan prisons between October 2010 and February 2020, state officials said Thursday.

Pending final approval April 9, the state will pay $25 million immediately, $15 million by October, $25 million by October 2021 and $15 million by October 2022.

Buy PhotoMichigan officials have settled a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by former juvenile offenders for $80 million. (Photo: Daniel Mears, The Detroit News)

State corrections officials and Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office announced the settlement with the individuals in a press release after Washtenaw County Judge Carol Kuhnke signed Thursday an order of preliminary approval.

The settlement would be the largest since the department reached a $100 million resolution in a 1996 case, Neal v. Michigan Department of Corrections, in which female prisoners alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct and harassment related to the supervision of female prisoners by male officers.

The department agreed to a $100 million settlement in the Neal case in 2009, and distributed the payments to plaintiffs between 2010 and 2015.

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As of today the state court of appeals has denied my request for relief from judgment. I have nowhere else to go. I must accept the idea that for essentially the remainder of my life (until age 80), I am permanently labeled a threat to society. The same society I fought for and the same society I protected as a paramedic for 25 years has thrown me away for 6 deleted photos found forensically on my hard drive. I used a file sharing program to download them so it was deemed distribution. I never touched anyone inappropriately. I saw a few pictures of late teen girls. Now I get to live in isolation to deal with the horrible memories, PTSD, anxiety and depression that my careers created. It seems like pretty tough punishment for a non-contact crime. Not really much point anymore…

Thank you for reading. I know some of you have it a lot harder than I do.

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