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State Settles with Inmate Shackled During Labor

SEATTLE (AP) - The state Department of Corrections has settled for more than $100,000 with a former inmate who says she was shackled while she gave birth in 2007.

Casandra Brawley will receive $125,000 from the state to settle a lawsuit. Brawley alleges she was restrained while she gave birth to her son in a Tacoma hospital in 2007.

Brawley was serving time for drug possession, possession of stolen property and theft.

Cases like Brawley's prompted the state Legislature this past session to pass a new law that bans the shackling female prisoners during childbirth.

Brawley's attorney, Sara Ainsworth, says her client is pleased she is being compensated for what she endured.

Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail says his department is committed to improving conditions for mothers who are incarcerated.

 

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