Judge Offers Tenn. Inmates Reduced Sentences in Exchange for Vasectomies

Inmates in Tennessee will be able to reduce their sentences by 30 days if they undergo vasectomies

Inmates in Tennessee can reduce their sentences if they have a vasectomy, after a judge signed a standing order announcing the program, NBC News reports.

The program, issued in May by Judge Sam Benningfield, will allow inmates to shorten their sentences by 30 days in exchange for the sterilizing procedure. Female inmates can receive the same sentence reduction by getting the birth control implant Nexplanon, which prevents pregnancy for four years.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has condemned the voluntary program, calling it "unconstitutional."

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