Iowa Women Settle Copper Lake Abuse Lawsuit

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — Two young women who sued the State of Iowa for sending them to Wisconsin’s Copper Lake juvenile detention facility – where they were allegedly mistreated – will each be paid a 350-thousand settlement. Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson recommended approving the payments “In the end, you know, we had four different lawsuits here, so I think it’s a reasonable result.” The state appeal board approved the payments Monday. In early 2014, Iowa’s governor closed a state facility for “delinquent” girls. The two women – who were teenagers at the time – were transferred to Copper Lake. They claim they were placed in isolation rooms for weeks at a time and accused staff of abuse. Their lawsuits accused Iowa officials of failing to properly review Copper Lake before sending them to Wisconsin and failing to monitor their time there “There were significant problems with the way the girls were treated. They’re both back in Iowa and are also moving on with their lives.” The State of Wisconsin last year agreed to pay the two women nearly $4 million dollars to settle lawsuits.

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