Alameda County Settles Suit Over ‘Humiliating’ Conditions for Women at Santa Rita Jail

Santa Rita Jail in Dublin will provide female inmates with basic amenities such as trash bags and menstrual pads and improve training for deputies after four women plaintiffs reached a $130,000 settlement Monday with Alameda County.

The plaintiffs — Anne Weills, Tova Fry, Alyssa Eisenberg and Mollie Costello — sued the county, claiming that sheriff’s deputies violated their civil rights. The women were arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail after participating in a protest in February 2014 against police shootings.

They say they planned for their arrest when they took part in a sit-in at a state office building in Oakland to demand state Attorney General Kamala Harris prosecute California police officers who had shot and killed citizens.

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