Municipal court settlement still has few claimants

7 months 1 week 4 days ago November 14, 2016 Nov 14, 2016 Monday, November 14 2016 Monday, November 14, 2016 12:36:27 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of people who were illegally jailed in a St. Louis suburb are eligible to share in a lawsuit settlement, but with the deadline approaching, most of them have not come forward.

Officials with the non-profit law firm ArchCity Defenders and other advocates for minorities and the poor said at a news conference Monday that only about 400 of the roughly 2,000 people eligible have filed a claim in the settlement with Jennings, Missouri. The deadline is Nov. 24.

The St. Louis County town agreed in July to pay $4.7 million to settle the lawsuit on behalf of people -- mostly poor and black -- who were jailed over a five-year period for failing to pay a fine or court cost, often stemming from minor traffic offenses.

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