Our documentary with The Young Turks investigates why more than 100 women were sterilized in California state prisons from 2006 to 2010, even though elective sterilizations have been restricted in state prisons since 1994.
California lawmakers called today for an investigation of the physicians involved in the sterilization of women inmates and raised questions about a federal prison overseer’s role in handling the matter. Former inmates say doctors pressured women into getting sterilized and targeted those deemed likely to commit future crimes.
Doctors with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals. Critics say officials targeted women deemed likely to return to prison.