Court says Iowa doesn’t have to compensate inmates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled the state doesn’t have to compensate inmates who were held beyond their proper release date.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/197T2QK ) the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Mahaska County sex offender Richard Scott and other inmates.

They argued they were held too long under a 2011 Iowa Supreme Court decision dealing with credit for time served when probation has been revoked.

The ruling prompted officials to release 551 inmates and recalculate release dates for 2,588 others.

The class action lawsuit was filed against Corrections Department Director John Baldwin, seeking compensatory damages.

The Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday Baldwin was protected from liability, ending the case because government entities can’t be defendants in federal lawsuits.

Scott’s attorney, Jeff Lipman, couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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