Bucks County faces $67 million verdict in records case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Bucks County could be forced to pay as much as $67 million after a federal jury found the county and its corrections department violated the state’s criminal history record information act.
Jurors on Tuesday determined the county broke the law through an inmate lookup tool on the county website when it disseminated information of nearly 67,000 people who were booked in the county jail from 1938 to 2013. The jury said the county had willfully violated the law by placing protected criminal-history information online.
The class-action lawsuit calls for awarding each member $1,000 in punitive damages. A judge will determine at a later date the exact number of class members eligible for the award.
Bucks county officials are not commenting until they have reviewed the verdict.