A county in rural Tennessee started a program that offers inmates who get a vasectomy or insert a contraceptive device into their body with a reduced jail time sentence, NewsChannel 5 reports. Inmates in Tennessee can get up to 30 days cut from their jail time – on the condition that they agree to get a vasectomy or a birth control implant.
General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield signed an order offering those who agree up to 30 days cut off their sentence. Already, 32 women have received the implant while 38 men are waiting to get their vasectomies done.
In an interview Benningfield said,“I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children.”
Attorney’s for the ACLU questions the offer to sterilize people in there position: “Offering a so-called ‘choice’ between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional,” the civil rights organization said in a statement.
District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said,“It’s comprehensible that an 18-year-old gets this done, it can’t get reversed and then that impacts the rest of their life.”