February 14, 2024
New Jersey

New Jersey incarcerated students with disabilities IDEA violations class action settlement 2023: Scam or Legit? Find Out!

Did you receive a notice from New Jersey? Did you receive a mail about a class action on the settlement to resolve claims about the IDEA violations lawsuit? This review will help you partake in the class action settlement after confirming the authenticity of the mail.

What Is New Jersey incarcerated students Class Action Settlement?

The New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Department of Education have agreed to a class action settlement over claims of prison IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) violations. The name of the case is Adam X. v. New Jersey Department of Corrections, Case No. 3:17-cv-00188-FLW-LHG, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

What Is This Class Action All About?

As part of the IDEA violations settlement, the New Jersey Department of Corrections agreed to revise its policies surrounding special education. Under these changes, the department will assess education levels of students entering prison, develop IEPs, provide education services, and make other changes to ensure a quality special education for those with disabilities. A full list of changes can be found on the settlement website.

The New Jersey Department of Education has agreed to monitor these changes for five years to ensure they are implemented properly. After five years, the Department of Corrections will be monitored by the Department of Education in the same way that public schools are monitored.

The settlement allows students to receive education services as compensation for services not received while in prison. 

Under the settlement terms, Class Members can receive up to $8,000 for educational, vocational, or re-entry services for each year they should have received services in prison. Eligible services include third-party education programs, colleges, technical schools, and more.

Who Is Eligible?

The settlement benefits individuals who were incarcerated in a New Jersey prison between Jan. 11, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2020, and met any of the following descriptions:

  1. They were identified as being entitled to special education services or other educational accommodations
  2. They had a verified Individual Education Program (IEP) before or during prison time
  3. They were diagnosed with an educational disability and an IEP was being developed for them while in prison but wasn’t finished before their prison release.
  4. They were born after Jan. 11, 1993, were under the age of 18 when they entered prison and did not have a high school diploma when they entered prison.

How To Be Part of This Settlement

For a class member to partake in this settlement, class Members must submit a valid claim form within two years of the IDEA violations settlement’s effective date, estimated to be January 2024. The deadline for exclusion is two years after the IDEA violations settlement’s effective date, estimated to be January 2024. 

What Is The Pay For This Settlement?

The pay for this settlement varies and proof of purchase is not necessary.

Conclusion

As you submit your claim to the settlement website ACLU-NJ.org, just like the Alabama and Texas NIBCO class action settlement we have reviewed, you’re doing so under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim.

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