Illinois Settles|With Pregnant Inmates

     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.

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