Latinos illegally detained by Arpaio can seek compensation

PHOENIX (AP) - Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio disobeyed a 2011 court order barring his immigration patrols can now seek compensation from the government. The judge who barred Arpaio's traffic patrols that targeted immigrants had ordered the creation of a taxpayer-funded compensation system in August 2016.

The one-year application period for seeking compensation began Friday.

Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court for prolonging the patrols after a judge ordered them stopped. President Donald Trump later spared Arpaio a possible jail sentence when he pardoned the retired sheriff.

Maricopa County set aside $1 million to cover the costs of the illegal detentions from December 2011 to May 2013. The county will pay $500 for the first hour of a person's illegal detention and $35 for each additional 20-minute increment.

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