SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A transgender woman who sued a Massachusetts sheriff alleging mistreatment and harassment while in jail has dropped her $100,000 lawsuit in exchange for a slightly earlier release.
Jennifer Picknelly argued in a federal lawsuit against Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi (COE’-chee) that she was mocked with anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs, extorted and raped while an inmate at the Hampden County jail in Ludlow in 2016. The jail houses male inmates.
Cocchi responded that the sheriff’s department made every effort to accommodate Picknelly and ensure her safety.
A sheriff’s department lawyer tells The Republican newspaper that Picknelly dropped her lawsuit in exchange for 15 extra days of “good time” that inmates can accrue for positive behavior.
Picknelly received no money as a result of the lawsuit.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/