AG, victim lawyers compromise on YDC settlement fund

Senate President Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, outlined proposed changes to the $100 million settlement fund meant to compensate victims of abuse at the Youth Development Center in Manchester. State prosecutors and lawyers for most of the victims reached agreement on changes that would include raising the limit on damage awards.

CONCORD — State prosecutors and lawyers representing most of the victims of sexual and physical abuse at the former Youth Development Center in Manchester announced agreement Tuesday on sweeping changes to the state’s $100 million settlement fund.

The proposal would raise the limits for monetary damage awards, expand what is defined as abuse that can be compensated for, and change the process to make it less traumatic for victims.