New York City has agreed to pay out $300 million to people wrongly detained on Rikers Island after posting bail, according to papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court.
The mammoth settlement will pay $3,500 to anyone detained between October 2014 and October 2022 for longer than three hours past the time they should have been released, the court papers say.
According to the city’s records, there are between 71,000 and 82,000 people potentially eligible for payouts. Some people arrested or detained multiple times were held too long more than once — the city estimates there were 94,000 instances where detainees were held for too long.
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