Federal Administrative Segregation Class Actions
If you were placed in Administrative Segregation in a federal penitentiary you may be entitled to receive money. Three separate class actions lawsuits have ended with the Courts finding that the rights of inmates were violated. A global award of approximately $28 million is available to pay eligible claimants who make a claim. You may also be eligible to make a claim for additional compensation.
To submit a claim, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You stayed in Administrative Segregation in a federal penitentiary anywhere in Canada for 16 consecutive days or more ON or AFTER March 3, 2011 (OPTION A).
- You stayed in Administrative Segregation in a federal penitentiary anywhere in Canada for any length of time ON or AFTER July 20, 2009 AND were diagnosed by a medical doctor with a mental disorder or a borderline personality disorder prior or during your incarceration AND suffer(ed) serious impairment as a result of your disorder and reported such to Correctional Service of Canada (CSC ) (OPTION B).
Voluntary or not, all Administrative Segregation counts.
If you were placed in Administrative Segregation ONLY before July 20, 2009, you should contact the Claims Administrator to provide details, because you may still be entitled to money if you can prove you could not make a claim before.
What are these Class Actions about?
Three (3) separate class actions lawsuits have ended with the Courts finding that the rights of inmates placed in administrative segregation while incarcerated in federal correctional institutions were violated.
A global award of approximately $28 million is available to pay all eligible claimants, known as Class Members, who make a claim. Additional money may be claimed by eligible Class Members in some cases.
Consult the Documents page to consult the Protocol1, important notices, forms, judgments and legal documents.
1 The Protocol is the official document detailing the steps regarding claims processing for the Federal Administrative Segregation Class Actions.
How much money could I get?
The amount you may receive depends on various factors, especially which type of claim you submit (known as a “Track”).
|Amount||TRACK 1||TRACK 2||TRACK 3|
Only an equal share of the $28 million lump sum divided among claimants
UP TO $50,000
(claimants will receive at least an equal share of the $28 million lump sum).
MORE THAN $50,000. NO LIMIT to your claim. (claimants will receive at least an equal share of the $28 million lump sum).
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Summary of Your Legal Rights and Options
|Submit a Claim|
If you want to receive money, you MUST SUBMIT a Claim Form to the Claims Administrator. The deadline for making a claim was extended by the Court, from September 7, 2022 to November 7, 2022. The completed Claim Form must be submitted to the Administrator NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 7, 2022.
If you do not make a claim, you will not get any money and you will give up the right to get money in the future.
|Opt Out (Exclude yourself)|
The courts had already granted an initial period to opt-out of the class actions which is expired.
But if you do not want to be part of this class action, you might be allowed to opt-out if you were first placed in administrative segregation after December 12, 2016 and have not previously had an opportunity to opt out.
To opt-out, the Claims Administrator must receive a letter signed and dated clearly stating your wish to opt-out NO LATER THAN October 7, 2021.
By opting out, you will lose your right to receive any money from these class actions.
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