Prison workers settle lawsuit

Anthony Skeens reports a settlement in a lawsuit that I don’t recall seeing before:

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against the state for exposing employee personnel information to Pelican Bay State Prison inmates.

The settlement last week came after five years of litigation stemming from two incidents in 2006 when the prison allowed inmates to help dispose of files, some of which held personnel records of employees, and kept them in an unsecured area inmates could access.

Information from at least 64 employees — ranging from wardens to correctional officers and including social security numbers, driver license numbers and home addresses — were found in the possession of inmates.

The settlement awarded a total of $175,000 to 23 plaintiffs to pay for credit-monitoring services and court costs.

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