It is a huge decision in favor of 10 female inmates in Michigan.
A jury in Lansing has awarded the women 15.5 million dollars in a sexual abuse case. The inmates claimed male prison workers raped and sexually abused them at the Scott Correctional Facility.
The jury's decision was unanimous, and the panel's foreperson took the rare step of apologizing to the women on behalf of Michigan citizens.
When the judge allowed the plaintiffs to speak to the jury, one said though she was headed back to prison, and felt stronger because of the verdict.
She added: "I thank you for believing in us."
The Department of Corrections plans to appeal.