CHICAGO (CN) – Illinois will pay $4.1 million to 80 inmates to settle federal claims that they were shackled while giving birth in the Cook County Jail.
A federal judge gave preliminary approval to the class action settlement, The Associated Press reported. Each plaintiff will receive about $35,000.
The settlement also provides for establishment of a fund to provide job, educational and family counseling for the plaintiffs.
In 1999, Illinois banned the practice of shackling inmates who were giving birth.