$130,000 settlement delayed for woman shackled while pregnant

CARSON CITY — A proposed $130,000 settlement with a former Nevada prison inmate who had her ankles shackled in 2011 during an ambulance ride to give birth to her baby was delayed for a second time Tuesday.

The Board of Examiners was expected to review the proposed settlement with former inmate Valerie Nabors, but the agreement was delayed because of ongoing discussions about some of the legal language.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, a member of the board, said the delays are not related to the financial aspect of the settlement negotiated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada on behalf of Nabors and attorneys for Masto’s office.

Nabors, who lives in Clark County, was released from prison in 2012 after she completed a 12- to 30-month sentence for attempted grand larceny, a nonviolent crime. She was not considered a flight risk.

Nabors filed the federal lawsuit upon her release alleging corrections officers kept her ankles shackled despite concerns raised by ambulance personnel and nurses who treated the inmate at University Medical Center, where she gave birth to a daughter.

Nabors faces further legal troubles, however.

An October 2013 criminal complaint out of Las Vegas Justice Court charged her and two others with trafficking in a controlled substance. An arrest report alleges Nabors sold 8.3 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover Las Vegas police officer on Sept. 16.

Contact Capital Bureau reporter Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3900. Follow him on Twitter @seanw801.