A class action settlement that was filed on October 10, 2011 secures over $400,000 in damages for youth who were held in detention cells at the Washington County Juvenile Center in Marietta, Ohio.  The settlement also requires changes in Center operations including ending the use of the detention cells for holding youth longer than 24 hours.  The proposed settlement must still be approved by the federal court.  The case was filed in December, 2010 and co-counsel Al Gerhardstein complimented the County for its response, “I commend Washington County for addressing our concerns promptly and working with us to remedy the problems at the Center.  We are hopeful that Judge Sargus will approve the settlement and that we can start making distributions early next year.”  For further Information, see the press release; Motion to Approve the Settlement; the Proposed Class Action Consent Decree; and the Class Notice.  Questions about the settlement should be directed to co-counsel Jennifer Branch at 513.621.9100.

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