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October 20, 2014

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State settles with former inmate chained before, after giving birth

CARSON CITY — The state Board of Examiners today approved a $130,000 settlement with a former female inmate who was chained before and after giving birth to a baby in October 2011.

Valerie Nabors, who was an inmate at the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in North Las Vegas, sued the state, saying she was chained while going to the hospital to give birth.

After she delivered the baby, she was put back in shackles, according to the suit filed by Nabors and the ACLU in federal court.

Greg Cox, director of the state Department of Corrections, said a change in policy on chaining inmates in similar situations would come before the state prison board next month.

Nabors was sentenced to 12 to 30 months for attempting to steal about $300 in gaming chips from a casino.

She filed the lawsuit after she was released in May 2012.

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