To receive more information about this lawsuit, please contact 1-877-314-6057 Toll-Free (or 1-312-224-4658 non-Toll-Free) or visit www.cookcountystripsearch.com (website down).

PARA UNA NOTIFICACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL, LLAMAR 1-877-314-6057 (o 1-312-224-4658) O VISITAR www.cookcountystripsearch.com (página web abajo).

What is a strip search lawsuit?

This lawsuit affects people who were strip searched as new inmates during admission into Cook County Jail.

This lawsuit claims that Cook County’s blanket strip search policies enforced during the admission process at Cook County Jail violated Class Members’ constitutional rights. The parties have reached a settlement of all of the claims in this case, which will result in money paid to class members.

How do I know if I am a part of this case?

Class I consists of all males who were subjected to a strip search and/or a visual body cavity search as a new detainee at the Cook County Jail between January 30, 2004 and March 30, 2009.

Class II consists of all people (male and female) charged with a misdemeanor or lesser offense not involving drugs or weapons who were subjected to a strip search and/or a visual body cavity search as a new detainee at the Cook County Jail between January 30, 2004 and March 30, 2009.

How do I get a claim form?

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the proposed settlement on November 16, 2010. The Court granted preliminary approval to the proposed settlement on November 24, 2010.

In mid-December, we will mail a Notice and Claim Form to people who, according to our records, are members of the class. If you would like to receive a Notice and Claim Form once they become available, please call 1-877-314-6057 TOLL FREE and request one.
Once you receive the claim form, you must fill it out and submit it if you want to be considered for payment. Your claim form must be postmarked by January 27, 2011.

How do I submit a claim for payment?

You must complete the Notice and Claim Form (see above). To be considered timely, your Claim Form must be postmarked by January 27, 2011. Once you submit the Claim Form, a claims administrator will review it and decide if you are a member of the class.

How much money will I receive?

Men who fit the definitions of Class I and Class II are eligible for an expected payment of $1,000.
Men who fit the definition of Class I only are eligible for an expected payment of $700.
Women who fit the definition of Class II are eligible for an expected payment of $500.
However, just because you submit a claim form does not mean you are entitled to payment. If you submit a claim form, the Claims Administrator will review your claim form and determine whether or not you are entitled to payment. The Claims Administrator will also determine the amount of money you are entitled to receive, if any. The amounts listed above are expected, but not guaranteed.

When will I get paid?

If you are entitled to payment, it will take several months after you submit your Claim Form before the payment is mailed out. Please be patient.

Below are links to documents filed in the Young et al. v. County of Cook case.

  • Class Notice English
  • Class Notice Spanish
  • The Court’s Ruling on Summary Judgment Motions, 2/23/09
  • The Court’s Opinion Granting Class Certification for 2 Classes
  • Plaintiffs’ Most Recent Complaints in this Case
  • Plaintiffs’ Brief in Support of their Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Plaintiffs’ Statement of Facts in Support of their Motion for Summary Judgment