ACLU and Canyon County Jail Reach Settlement Agreement

County to institute new retaliation policies as outcome of federal lawsuit FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; Boise, ID—The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho in partnership with the national ACLU Racial Justice Program today reached an agreement with Canyon County officials to settle a federal class action lawsuit brought by the ACLU in November of 2011. The lawsuit claimed that staff of the Canyon County Jail retaliated against prisoners for exercising their First Amendment right to file grievances with county officials and with the courts. Documents filed in November in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho alleged that prisoners were placed in solitary confinement or transferred to other jails if they complained about poor conditions in the Canyon County Jail. Lorraine Scott, one of the plaintiffs, claims in the lawsuit that she was placed in solitary after submitting a grievance and that when she was released from isolation, a guard told her that if she filed another complaint she would be returned to solitary confinement.

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