A judge in central Tennessee has withdrawn a controversial order offering reduced jail time to inmates who volunteer for sterilization procedures after the plan drew a wave of criticism from health officials, prosecutors and civil rights attorneys.
General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield’s order promised inmates in White County, Tenn., 30-day credits toward their sentences if they received vasectomies or birth control implants. The hope, Benningfield said, was to break a “vicious cycle” of repeat drug offenders passing through his courtroom who could not find jobs or afford child support.
Robert's favorite comment at the linked source follows;
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"Tennessee judge, under fire, pulls offer to trade shorter jail sentences for vasectomies"
The state of Tennessee should make this Nazi judge the following offer: You can keep your job if YOU 'volunteer' for a vasectomy.
Otherwise kick him to the curb.
It would be interesting to know how many of these alleged 'drug addicts' were in jail for simple marijuana possession. Would people's assessment of this case be different if the inmates involved were in jail for drunkeness?
If so, what would the rationale be for treating the two drug offenders differently? Logic certainly won't work, since alcohol is a far more dangerous and debilitating drug than marijuana.
This is how fascism grows. Pass some emotion-driven, irrational law that is then enforced in a discriminatory fashion, and then keep piling on one disproportionate penalty upon another until one has totally decimated the target demographic.
I think the same offer should be made to the many Republican commenters supporting this judge's order. 'Volunteer' to be sterilized or lose your job. You certainly aren't making the world a better place.