Convicts Offered Reduced Jail Time in Return for Choosing Sterilization

Convicts Offered Reduced Jail Time in Return for Choosing Sterilization

If you’re looking for a contentious issue, consider this one: Should those convicted of a specific set of crimes receive shorter sentences if they agree to sterilization? This is not a case of court-ordered sterilization. This involves offering shortened sentences if the convict agrees to the sterilization procedure.

Perhaps the first issue to be addressed is the purpose of this policy. What is the state attempting to accomplish? Next would be the designation of the crimes to which this would apply. Finally, one would want to know to what degree it would accomplish its purpose. In other words, would it do any good?

Our Constitution is interpreted to circumscribe what punishments can be ordered by courts for crimes. People are not taken out and beaten. They are either incarcerated in what might be very spartan, but still humane prisons, or in rare cases and some states, executed.

So what are the circumstances surrounding the debate on this issue? More on page two.

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