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Connecticut Settles Suit Over Conditions at Somers Facility; $190,000 in Fees and Costs Paid

In 1996, the parties in a class action suit over the conditions at the Connecticut Correctional Institution in Somers entered into a settlement agreement.

The settlement came after significant improvements were made at Somers over 16 years during the pendency of the suit and as a result of the court’s supervision. Improvements included better programming, treatment services and elimination of housing in areas such as the prison barbershop. Further, as part of the settlement, the defendants agreed to pay $190,000 in fees and costs. The plaintiffs were represented by ACLU National Prison Project. See: Bartkus v. Commissioner of Corrections, USDC, D. Conn., No. H-80-506.

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