State-sanctioned efforts to keep the incarcerated from reproducing began in the early 20th century and continue today

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Victims will be paid $25,000 (£16,000) following a legal fight by campaigners. Along with more than 30 other US states, Virginia once operated a sterilisation programme for individuals deemed undesirable or mentally unsound. More than 8,000 Virginians were operated on between the 1920s and 1970s

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Op-Ed: Compensation

June 21, 2012

Victims of morally egregious government programs should receive compensation

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