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Have you or someone you know had their release from the New York City Department of Corrections delayed as a result of making a bail payment? If so, you might be qualified for a $3,500 payment for each instance.

According to a recent announcement from the New York City Department of Corrections, anyone who was detained and released on bail between October 4, 2014, and October 21, 2022, and whose release was postponed for at least 3 hours after bail was paid, may file a claim to request the payment.

A class action lawsuit was brought against New York City on the grounds that the city’s refusal to release detainees after they posted bail infringed on their constitutional rights. The lawsuit claimed that despite the court’s recommendations for improvements, the city continued to employ a “confusing and perplexing” system that led to delays and excessive detentions.

Although it has a strong police force and a corrections system in place to hold and imprison those who have been arrested, New York City has not admitted any wrongdoing in this case. In spite of this, the city consented to pay an undisclosed amount to settle these claims.

Can I join the settlement?

Individuals in the custody of the New York City Department of Corrections who were released on bail at least once between October 4, 2014, and October 21, 2022 are eligible for a $3,500 payment if their release was delayed for at least 3 hours after their bail was paid.

Benefits

According to the terms of the New York City bail over-detention settlement, class members who were in the custody of the NYC Department of Corrections and released on bail at least once between October 4, 2014, and October 21, 2022, may file a claim for a payment of $3,500 per instance. Payments may be reduced to cover outstanding liens, such as New York child support obligations, and up to $500 for outstanding parking judgements owed to the New York City Department of Finance.

How to make a claim?

To file a claim for a late bail payment in New York City, you will need a claimant ID number and a claim registration code. These codes are required for your claim to be processed correctly. These codes can be obtained by dialing 1-833-472-1994. You will be able to continue filing your claim on the website once you have your claimant ID number and claim registration code. Keep these codes handy before beginning the claim process.

Settlement Website

Important Dates

  • Claim Form Deadline: June 6, 2023
  • Final Approval Hearing Date: July 11, 2023
  • Objection/Exclusion Deadline: June 6, 2023