IF YOU ARE A WOMAN WHO WAS ADMITTED INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, AND HAD PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN OF TATTOOS ON YOUR PRIVATE PARTS BETWEEN MAY 23, 2011 AND APRIL 30, 2014, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE MONEY FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
What is the Settlement About? This is a proposed settlement of a class action alleging female pre-arraignment detainees at Jackson Pike between May 23, 2011, and April 30, 2014, had photographs taken of their tattoos in compromising positions in violation of their constitutional rights.
Who is Included? All female detainees who have been placed into the custody of the Franklin County Correctional Center Two (“Jackson Pike”), after being charged with misdemeanors, minor misdemeanors, violations of probation, traffic infractions, civil commitments, city code violations or other minor crimes, including failure to pay fines, and had photographs taken of their breasts, hypogastric region, genitals, and/or buttocks upon their entry into the Jackson Pike facility prior to being arraigned before a judicial officer, pursuant to a policy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Detainees who are members of the class had photographs taken of their genitals, their hypogastric region, the lobes of their buttocks and/or the lobes of their breasts at the Jackson Pike facility. The class period commences on May 23, 2011, and extends until April 30, 2014.
What Does the Settlement Provide? The primary benefit of the settlement to class members is a payment. Each Class Member is entitled to receive a pro rata share of the Settlement Fund, which we estimate will be in excess of $2,000.00. In addition, the Defendant has agreed to enact a policy forbidding photographing the tattoos of misdemeanor detainees as asserted in this lawsuit absent extraordinary circumstances, and will train its employees about the new policy in due course. The Defendant has also agreed that all photographs of the tattoos of class members will be sealed by Court Order and destroyed within five years.
The settlement requires the defendant to establish a Settlement Fund in the amount of $2,500,000 to pay all costs, expenses, attorney fees, and payments to class members. This is the complete and total settlement amount that defendant will pay and includes, in addition to payments to class members: (1) payment, on behalf of the class, of plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and litigation costs in an amount to be determined by the Court; (2) payment of an incentive award to the class representative; and (3) payment of the costs of notifying the class about, and administering all aspects of, this settlement, including distributing payment to members of the class.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT|
|Exclude Yourself||If you are a class member and you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not be bound by the Settlement or judgment and will not be entitled to a cash payment. You will be free to pursue your claims, if any, against the Defendant. This is the only option that allows you to bring or be part of any other lawsuit against the Defendant in this case about the same legal claims that are advanced in this case. You must exclude yourself from the Settlement by May 9, 2022.|
|Object||If you are a class member and you do not exclude yourself, you may write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement or the request for legal fees and costs. You must send a written objection to the Court postmarked no later than May 9, 2022.|
|Go to a Hearing||You may ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement or the request for fees and costs.|
|Do Nothing||If you are a class member, you will receive your pro rata share of the payment. You give up your right to sue Defendant on these claims later.|
Final Approval Hearing. The Court in charge of this case still must decide whether to give final approval to the Settlement. Likewise, payments to class members will be distributed only if the Court grants final approval of the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved.
IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE CLASS, YOUR RIGHTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT.
These rights and options — and the deadlines to exercise them — are explained further in the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement and Hearing and the Settlement Agreement. Please continue to check this Settlement website for updates.