(Updated 8-1-17) Get a Vasectomy and Cut 30 Days Off Your Sentence
Date:  07-25-2017

Tennessee District Attorney and ACLU question if that option is ethical or constitutional
(Updated 8-1-17. After much criticism from various sources, White County, Tennessee Judge Sam Benningfield withdrew his bizarre idea on how to combat recidivism and protect the future children of people with addictions. Read more here.)

From News Channel 5:

Inmates in White County, Tennessee have been given credit for their jail time if they voluntarily agree to have a vasectomy or birth control implant, a popular new program that is being called “unconstitutional” by the ACLU.

On May 15, 2017 General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield signed a standing order that allows inmates to receive 30 days credit toward jail time if they undergo a birth control procedure.

Women who volunteer to participate in the program are given a freeNexplanon implant in their arm, the implant helps prevent pregnancies for up to four years. Men who volunteer to participate are given a vasectomy, free of charge, by the Tennessee Department of Health.

Such a choice violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy and bodily integrity by interfering with the intimate decision of whether and when to have a child, imposing an intrusive medical procedure on individuals who are not in a position to reject it. Judges play an important role in our community – overseeing individuals’ childbearing capacity should not be part of that role." Continue reading >>>