County to pay $240K to teens in solitary confinement lawsuit
SEATTLE (AP) — King County has agreed to pay $240,000 to a group of teenagers who were allegedly placed in solitary confinement for days or months at an adult jail in suburban Seattle.
KUOW-FM reports the four teens and their families filed a federal lawsuit in October, claiming the county’s practices violated equal-protection clauses and constitutional guarantees.
The teens were charged as adults and placed in the Maleng Regional Justice Center. They have since been transferred to juvenile facilities.
The county does not acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement, but it has agreed to add new protocols to prevent youth from being placed in solitary confinement.
The Kent School District will also pay the teens $25,000 to make up for the educational hours the teens were denied while in isolation.
Information from: KUOW-FM, http://www.kuow.org/