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Margarita Fernandez, a spokeswoman for the California State Auditor, said the sterilizations were performed by private doctors at hospitals outside the prisons. Surgeries on prison inmates are typically performed at outside facilities.

The legal advocacy group Justice Now raised the issue in January 2010, and the issue surfaced again after the Center for Investigative Reporting found that doctors sterilized nearly 150 female inmates without proper state approval over five years.

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The 39 cases were among 144 between 2006 and last year in which inmates had tubal ligations or other procedures for the sole purpose of sterilizing them. Another 650 inmates had other medical Foamposite Eggplant

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Department of Public Health to look into 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in 39 illegal sterilizations that were performed without inmates lawful consent. At issue is whether the women were properly told of the nature and permanence of the procedure.

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this demonstrates a real systemic problem that frankly implicates the entire culture, said state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, who said she found it shocking that nearly 30 per cent of the procedures were performed without obtaining proper consent. It passed the Senate last month, 36 0, and is awaiting consideration in the Assembly.

´╗┐California seeks investigation into unlawful sterilization of 39 female prison inmates

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experience in and of itself is extraordinarily Nike Blazer Black coercive, Jackson said of obtaining health care behind bars. very difficult for a woman to exercise her free will under those circumstances. 39 cases will be referred to the department and medical board, said Liz Gransee, a spokeswoman for the federal court appointed official who controls prison medical care. She said the investigations are confidential.

In 27 cases, the inmate doctor did not sign a required consent form saying the patient appeared mentally competent, understood the permanent effect and had waited at least 30 days to give the patient time to reconsider.

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of the auditor review.

procedures that could have resulted in sterilization.

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Justice Now did not immediately comment on the audit.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. The illegal sterilization of dozens of female prisoners in California demands an investigation, a report said Thursday.

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The federal receiver office took control of prison medical care in 2006, but said it didn learn about the sterilization procedures until the group Justice Now raised the issue in January 2010. The receiver office previously said it immediately took steps to stop the practice.

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Auditors found the receiver office failed to make sure its own staff obtained necessary approvals from inmates and from two medical procedure review committees before inmates were sterilized. They recommended that the federal receiver adopt better procedures to monitor its own medical staff and medical providers who work under contract with the state. That includes improving medical record keeping and making sure inmates give their informed consent to medical procedures.

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