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CASE ENTRY

Sullivan v. Benningfield

White County, Tenn. judge offers inmates 30 days off their sentences if they submit to vasectomies (for men) or contraceptive implants (for women). The program is swiftly terminated; inmates who were sterilized (or who agreed to be) are given their sentence reductions. Are inmates who did not agree to be sterilized also entitled to the 30-day credits? Plaintiffs have been released from jail, but their case is not moot, says two-thirds of a Sixth Circuit panel. They can petition for expungement 30 days sooner if they get the credit.


Tags: 2019, Mootness, Sentencing, Sixth Circuit

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