Sterilization

Photo from "Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory"
Records of Samarcand Manor, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, Department of Public Safety, Samarcand Manor School, Eagle Springs, North Carolina

More than 2,000 women and girls were forcibly sterilized in the first two decades of North Carolina's state eugenics program from 1929-1950.

While many governmental institutions and scientists propelled the movement forward, the new book "Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory" (LSUP/2016) traces the story of one reformatory's unexpected role in the process.

North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program

Monday marked the last day to apply for victims of state-sanctioned sterilization in North Carolina to apply for compensation. In case this is news to you here are the basic details:

N.C. General Assembly, State Legislature
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

The public comment period on the procedure to determine who's eligible for the state's sterilization compensation program ends today.

State lawmakers included a measure in this year's budget that sets aside ten million dollars to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program, which ended in the 1970s.

Surviving victims must submit claims for compensation on or before June 30th of 2014. So far, the state has verified more than 175 survivors.

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a eugenics compensation bill that would pay money to victims and the families.

Rep. Larry Womble: I'm beginning to see some light at the end of this long journey.