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State audit blasts illegal sterilizations done on female inmates




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.
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.
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Prison medical staffers have been illegally sterilizing female inmates, according to a California state audit released yesterday.

At least 39 prisoners underwent surgeries where their informed consent was in question. Corey Johnson with the Center for Investigative Reporting first broke the story a year ago.

In that time, lawmakers have said that they're outraged about the findings from that report and the new audit. At least one has authored a bill to ban sterilization surgeries for inmates unless it's medically necessary.

Johnson joins Take Two to explain the details of the released audit and what reparations could be in store for those women already affected.