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Lawmakers seek audit on circumstances of prison sterilizations




Beds are seen at one of the housing units of at the Folsom Women's Facility in Folsom, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
Beds are seen at one of the housing units of at the Folsom Women's Facility in Folsom, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
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California lawmakers today are expected to seek an audit of California's bullet train project. They want to look into how land in the Central Valley is being purchased and whether land owners will be able to appeal.

Also on the docket is a state audit of the legally questionable practice of sterilizing women in prison. This follows last month's report from the Center for Investigative Reporting that said at least 148 female inmates had received unapproved tubal ligations in California prisons.

As Pauline Bartolone of Capital Public Radio explains, it's part of the state's dark history with a discredited social philosophy.