Jury Awards $68 Million to People Who Were Formerly Incarcerated at Bucks County, PA Jail from 2011-2013
Date:  06-10-2019

Class action suit claims the jail put arrest information and mug shots on its searchable electronic database
From Bucks County Courier Times:

Bucks County and its jail violated the privacy rights of tens of thousands of former inmates, which will cost it an estimated $68 million in punitive damages in what could be a precedent-setting federal class action suit, a jury decided Tuesday.

Following two hours of deliberations, a federal jury at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia awarded what will amount to $1,000 for each violation of the Criminal History Records Information Act, known as CHRIA, which would be divided among the roughly 67,000 class members and its attorneys.

The damage award is mandatory because the jury found the county “willfully” violated federal law when it posted criminal information online of individuals held or incarcerated at the Bucks County prison from approximately 2011 until 2013. The case is considered significant because it’s the first time the court has set a standard for what actions rise to a willful violation of CHRIA. > Continue reading >>>