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$210,000 Awarded in Virginia Jail Conditions Suit

The court of appeals for the Fourth circuit affirmed a district court in Virginia's order denying qualified immunity and judgment notwithstanding the verdict to Virginia jail officials. Virginia jail prisoners filed suit claiming overcrowding, poor sanitation, understaffing, and lack of a law library. The county tried to blame the state for the situation. The district court held the city liable for the jail conditions and a jury awarded plaintiffs $210,000 in damages plus unspecified attorney fees. The county was not entitled to qualified immunity because it refused to remedy its problems in good faith. See: McElveen v. County of Prince William, 725 F.2d 954 (4th Cir. 1984).

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