All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The State Gives, The State Takes Away

Some 1,350 former prisoners were awarded $3.3 million in a class-action settlement against the state for being illegally strip searched at the York County Jail between 1996 and 2004. But not all of them will get to spend that loot.

State officials found that 284 of those plaintiffs were delinquent in their child-support payments, and confiscated the cash.
Of the total, $240,000 went to the children's families, and the rest went to state and federal governments to help repay the cost of public assistance during the time that support payments were not available, state officials said. [Link]


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