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  • California Prisons Under Investigation After Illegal Sterilization Reports Surface

    Posted Jun 23rd, 2014 By in Prisons With | Comments Off on California Prisons Under Investigation After Illegal Sterilization Reports Surface

    Recently the California state auditor released disheartening findings of a prison audit-dozens of female inmates were reportedly sterilized without documented consent.  One questions how such a tragic oversight can exist in the corrections system. Now the prison system is under further investigation and some lawmakers are calling for laws and reform to prevent this from happening in the future.

    Among the 144 cases, 39 sterilizations were performed without the inmate’s lawful consent. In another 27 cases, the inmate’s physician did not sign the form that confirmed two key components of consent: first, that the patient was mentally competent and understood the lasting effects of the procedure, and second, that the required waiting period had been satisfied.

    State law requires that at least 30 days and no more then 180 days must pass between the inmate signing over their consent and undergoing the procedure. In some cases, this waiting-period window was not observed properly, Fernández said. One sterilization took place 196 days after consent was given.

    The auditor called on the Medical Board of California to investigate the 39 cases in which consent was not obtained, and asked the California Department of Health to investigate physician and hospital practices. The move comes after the Center for Investigative Reporting broke a story that reported over a hundred cases of unlawful sterilization.

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