On August 10, 2021, a court granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement seeking to provide monetary compensation for some people who were held in solitary confinement in King County’s adult jails as children or young adults. The settlement provides $500 per each day class members were held in solitary confinement while they were under the age of 18 years old and/or $500 per each day they were 18 years of age or older and covered under a local ordinance prohibiting the use of solitary confinement. Class action notices were mailed to eligible class members on September 14th. If you are a class member, those notices contain details about when you must take action to be included or excluded from the settlement. Please pay attention to those dates carefully.
For more information, if you have questions, or to receive an additional copy of your notice, please call or text 360-499-6068. To view the complaint, motion for approval of settlement, and other court documents please click the links below. These documents contain more detailed and precise information about the settlement and the definition of the class. Columbia Legal Services’ motion for approval of its attorney fees and costs will be added to this website on around November 13, 2021.