Ex-inmate claims legs were shackled during labor

Joyce Lupiani

Ex-inmate claims legs were shackled during labor

CREATED Jun. 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A former inmate is suing the Nevada Department of Corrections, claiming staff members imposed cruel and unusual punishment by shackling her legs while she was in labor.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal suit Wednesday on behalf of Valerie Nabors, who was in Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center in North Las Vegas between June 2011 and January 2012 serving a sentence for attempted grand larceny.

Nabor's suit claims prison guards shackled her ankles while she was riding in an ambulance to the delivery room Oct. 19, even though ambulance staff said it made it difficult to treat her and officers later determined she wasn't a flight risk.

Nevada lawmakers recently banned shackling inmates in labor.

Corrections spokesman Steve Suwe said he didn't have immediate comment Wednesday.