Federal judge approves settlement in 32-year-old New Mexico lawsuit

New Mexico

New Mexico could soon settle a 32-year-old lawsuit.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the lawsuit filed in 1987 centers on abuse and neglect from people with developmental disabilities while being housed in state-run institutions. On Thursday, a settlement was approved by a federal judge which would provide an opportunity to end the case.

The Journal reports that a federal judge ruled in 1990 that the state of New Mexico violated the constitutional rights of people in institutions run by the state. The ruling stated those individuals were subjected to inhumane treatment and led to court oversight over the services to those with disabilities.

The settlement calls to end monitoring and instead, requires the state to meet standards in its programs for those with developmental disabilities.

Settling the case has been a top priority for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

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