Lawsuit Against Michigan Jail Was Denied Class Action Status

Twenty-two plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit which was over naked detention practices at a Michigan jail, was denied to give class action status by the Federal Court.

The county has acknowledged it routinely held some detainees naked from 1996 through 2001 as a suicide-prevention measure.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson admittde that the practice unconstitutional but did not rule on the question of damages he also opined that the plaintiffs’ definition of a proposed affected class was too broad and the number of plaintiffs too small

The Michigan ACLU wants Lawson to order 16 changes at the jail, including ending the use of isolation cells, new training for jail guards and an outside monitor to oversee a “comprehensive” policy shift.

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