OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Some current and former inmates will be getting up to $75 from the Department of Corrections because their property was donated or destroyed when they were transferred from one prison to another.
The Thurston County Superior Court has preliminarily approved the settlement, which totals more than $1 million. The settlement covers losses between November 1998 and January 2005.
In 1995, the corrections department established a new policy limiting inmates to shipping two boxes of possessions at the taypayers expense. Inmates and families had the option to pay for additional boxes. If they didn't, extra possessions were donated or discarded.
The rules changed again in 2005 after a state Supreme Court decision. Now the Department of Corrections is settling with past and current inmates to save taxpayers the expense of further litigation.