Judge OKs Settlement for Baltimore Jail Medical Care

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement regarding the health care system for jail detainees in Baltimore.

The settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander was announced Tuesday.

It stipulates an overhaul of the jail’s health care system and major improvements to facilities, including accommodations for people with disabilities. It requires that staff create and follow schedules for assessing, treating and monitoring detainees’ physical and mental health problems.

The agreement calls for progress to be assessed by independent monitors. The settlement is between the state of Maryland, the Public Justice Center, the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Gov. Larry Hogan closed the dangerously decrepit detention center last year. Many detainees were moved into other nearby buildings on the city’s correctional complex.

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