CA Prison Doctors Sterilized 150 Female Inmates Without Required Approvals


Doctors for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, says The Center for Investigative Reporting. At least 148 women got tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years, and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s. From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure. The women were signed up for the surgery while they were pregnant. Former inmates and prisoner advocates say prison medical staff coerced the women, targeting those likely to return to prison in the future. Crystal Nguyen, an ex-inmate who worked in the infirmary, said she often overheard medical staff asking inmates who had served multiple prison terms to agree to be sterilized. “I was like, 'Oh my God, that's not right,' ” Nguyen, 28, said. “Do they think they're animals, and they don't want them to breed anymore?”

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