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Report: Female prisoners in California sterilized without consent

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The California Institution for Women in Corona was one of two state prisons where female inmates were sterilized without required state approvals. At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules from 2006 to 2010. Courtesy of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The Center for Investigative Reporting recently found that nearly 150 women were sterilized without required approvals.

Former inmates and prisoner advocates claim that prison medical staff coerced many of these women, especially those considered likely to return to prison. Reporter Corey Johnson has been looking into this story. He joins the show with more. 

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