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Originally posted by Katrenia Katrenia wrote:

Some of the accusations made in this thread are frightening however I work for the Ca Correctional System and I don't know where many of these situations are happening.
Some may be isolated cases but on the whole I've never heard of any forced or cohered sterilization.



I have to agree. It must have been late last year that our local npr station did a whole show on this policy. And while nothing is perfect, it seems to be one of the few programs that is successful while causing the least amount of harm.

I think it's wise for us as a community to be skeptical but we can't let paranoia get in the way of common sense. If they can continue to maintain the women's bodily autonomy while also preventing more kids from being subjected to the emotional and physical torture of having an incarcerated parent then that's the side we should be on as a community.
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It's not the sterilization itself that's the problem.  It's not following state guidelines when performing the procedures.  That's throwing up red flags for me.  If they follow all the right steps and someone is advocating for these women and respecting their wishes, then everything is all gravy.   
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Well looky here... ain't that a bish

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When it comes to the discussion of the prison industrial complex in the Black community, most of the focus is on the high numbers Black men behind bars. While the statistics are alarming (as of 2001, one in six Black men had spent some time in prison and jails), women are now being incarcerated at twice the rate as men.

Between 1980 and 2010, the number of women sentenced to prison rose by over 600-percent, and there are now over 200,000 women behind bars. The reason? Drugs.

The War on Drugs has condemned countless women to prison for either aiding their boyfriends’ drug operations—both knowingly and unknowingly—or being addicted to controlled substances.

According to the NAACP, although African Americans represent just 12-percent of drug users, they account for 38-percent of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59-percent of those in state prison for a drug offense. Moreover, the Sentencing Project reports that African Americans “serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months).”

Though many states are moving to decimalize the use of banned substances like marijuana, the drug war has taken a serious toll on women and families. Many women are sentenced to prison while they are pregnant, and most female inmates have children at home.

The effects? Children are thrown into the foster care system, which puts them at risk for following in their mother’s footsteps and ending up in the jail system.

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration is rolling out a “new and improved approach will make the criteria for clemency recommendation more expansive” and may clear the way for thousands of non-violent drug offenders to get out of prison earlier than their harsh sentences allowed.

Holder explained the reason for the change:

“The White House has indicated it wants to consider additional clemency applications, to restore a degree of justice, fairness, and proportionality for deserving individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety,” he said in a videotaped statement. “The Justice Department is committed to recommending as many qualified applicants as possible for reduced sentences.”

“There are still too many people in federal prison who were sentenced under the old regime — and who, as a result, will have to spend far more time in prison than they would if sentenced today for exactly the same crime.”

Recently, Brave New Films looked into the growing numbers of women in prison and what America can do, in addition to expanding clemency options, to change things.

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I read a case where a woman had been arrested three times. During two of the three arrests she had her toddler daughter with her. During her third arrest the child was said to have been with family. The woman was pregnant again. 

The woman was arrested along with two other women on drug and prostitution charges and one of the women who had violated her own probation decided to offer info on the other woman's child.
She said the child had been sold. 

The mother said her child was with family, then said her child was with a friend. Neither story checked out.
This was two years ago and the child is still missing. 

One missing child and endangering another by drug abuse and prostitution. 
For the safety of the potentual children this woman might birth because now she has found a new $$ source in child trafficking, she should be sterilized by any means possible.

I'm sure the woman in question is still in jail as she should be. 
She's a YT meth addict.
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Case by case.  This woman would go to the top of the case list to be encouraged not to procreate.  Again, by her own choice but no argument from me at all.  If we looked at each case though it might be a little concerning how often she is the exception and not the rule. 


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