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Gang members fitted for new prosthetic legs in San Salvador

Shackled inmate Noelio Calderon, a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, adjusts his old prosthetic leg at a clinic where he is getting measured for a new one in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Shackled inmate Noelio Calderon, a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, adjusts his old prosthetic leg at a clinic where he is getting measured for a new one in San Salvador, El Salvador.Luis Romero / AP

Four members of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha are having their prosthetic legs repaired or replaced on May 29 as a part of an initiative to improve their quality of life.

The plan to fit disabled gang inmates with prosthetic limbs is part of a peace process between gangs and the government, pushed by the Catholic Church.

Around 160 jailed Maras, or gang, members require prostheses for their handicaps, according to the Salvadoran Handicapped Organization.

--msnbc.com wire services contributed to this blog post

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