Jurors deliberating female inmates' sexual abuse claims

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jurors have started deliberations in a lawsuit alleging widespread sexual abuse of female Michigan prison inmates.

The case against the state Department of Corrections dates to the 1990s and was delayed by 11 appeals.

The Ann Arbor News says Washtenaw County Circuit Court jurors heard three weeks of testimony before beginning deliberations Thursday. They're set to go back to work Friday.

Ten former or current female inmates accuse male prison employees of sexual assault, inappropriate touching and harassment, and invasion of privacy.

The state says it fired workers if allegations were sustained. But it says the allegations in the suit aren't coming out until years after the fact.

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