Attorneys: Sterilizations Were Part of Plea Deal Talks

Sheila Burke, MSN, March 28, 2015

Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the district attorney has banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.

In the most recent case, first reported by The Tennessean, a woman with a 20-year history of mental illness had been charged with neglect after her 5-day-old baby mysteriously died. Her defense attorney says the prosecutor assigned to the case wouldn’t go forward with a plea deal to keep the woman out of prison unless she had the surgery.

Defense attorneys say there have been at least three similar cases in the past five years, suggesting the practice may not be as rare as people think and may happen more often outside the public view and without the blessing of a court .

Sterilization coerced by the legal system evokes a dark time in America, when minorities, the poor and those deemed mentally unfit or “deficient” were forced to undergo medical procedures that prevented them from having children.


Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk agrees. A former defense attorney who took over the office in September, he recently ordered lawyers in his office not to seek sterilization by defendants. He said he hadn’t heard of it happening before but didn’t ask.


In West Virginia, a 21-year-old unmarried mother of three agreed to have her tubes tied in 2009 as part of her probation after she pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

And last year, a Virginia man who fathered children with several women agreed to undergo a vasectomy in exchange for less prison time in a child endangerment case.

Forced sterilization came up in a different way in California last year, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that banned state prisons from forcing female inmates to be sterilized. The law was pushed through after the Center for Investigative Reporting found that nearly 150 female prisoners had been sterilized between 2006 and 2010. An audit found that the state failed to make sure the inmate’s consent was lawfully obtained in every case .

The most recent Nashville case involved Jasmine Randers, 36, who had been under court supervision for mental illness when she left her home state of Minnesota. She gave birth in West Memphis, Arkansas, then fled a homeless shelter to come to Nashville, said her attorney, assistant public defender Mary-Kathryn Harcombe.

Court records show Randers reported awakening in a motel, where she’d slept in a bed with the baby, only to find the child unresponsive. She reportedly called a taxi two hours later and took the child to a local hospital, where the infant was pronounced dead.

There was no sign of injury, and the cause of death was undetermined.

Police later learned that in 2004, Randers stabbed herself in the stomach while pregnant, though the fetus was not harmed. She told investigators that it happened when she fell down the stairs while cutting fruit.


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  • superlloyd

    Voluntary sterilisation for the feeble minded, black undertow, as William Shockley recommended over 40 years ago, would solve a lot of our intractable social problems. Negative Eugenics rather than government incentivised Dysgenics is the only prudent solution to the white man’s burden.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Find yourself in a hole? Stop digging.

  • Anglokraut

    The man in Virginia is White, and if I remember correctly, was allowed many months before he had to report back to be sterilized. Sterilization as part of a plea deal means nothing if the perp can just skip town.

  • Who Me?

    Too bad we can’t give them a REAL choice. Take a $10,000 voucher, turn in their American identity, and relocate to a specified place, such as Liberia, or get sterilized. Even at $10,000 it would be cheap at half the price, and most African Americans would be able to live like royalty on that in their “Mudderlan”. (We White taxpayers wouldn’t come out so bad on the deal either, ya know…?)

    • Earl P. Holt III

      The choice for rapists — particularly child-molesters — SHOULD BE sterilization with a 12 gauge or with a chainsaw…

  • David Ashton

    It is not dark to prevent cruel “parents” from begetting more children to injure or to inherit their own criminal tendencies. The only problems are the degree of justification and the painless precision with which the measure is implement.

    • Jason Lewis

      Oh they’ll find a ACLU attorney to argue otherwise.

  • Jason Lewis

    I could see a great benefit to expanding this to the male prison population. Vacectomy for early release?

    • Red

      Castration for the males would be preferable.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Chainsaws work every time…

      • ShermanTMcCoy


  • BruthaV

    “We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes…Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” From Oliver Wendell Holmes’ opinion in Buck v. Bell, 1927.

  • Irishgirl

    “…when she fell down the stairs while cutting fruit.” I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. Oh wait, yes I can – ZERO.

    • Wing-nut.

      Three or four times a day for me.

      But they tell me I’m not “right in th’ head” though…

      • InAFreeCountry


    • carriewhite64

      Hahaha. I was just going to write the same thing. Doesn’t every good cook slice fruit at the top of the stairs? I also barbecue and deep fry at the top of stairs.

  • Set the iQ level at 85 for sterilization and voila–problems solved. From murder, violence, to parasites sponging off us, so many bad things could be reduced from society. Hitler did it, so that’s why it’s not popular even though it ought to be.

    • Rhialto

      On the downside, this could breed a race of super Africans. These super Africans would have at least White level intelligence with African aggressiveness, African sexual/social capabilities, and African attitudes.

      That might not be a good thing for White men..

      • Red

        All four of them won’t present too much of an issue.

      • Michael Whalen

        Actually, I don’t think that the “white level of intelligence” would be a problem. I don’t think it could happen, no matter how much you breed them.

    • SentryattheGate

      In nature, survival of the fittest culls out the defective. I read that in wolf packs, only the alpha male and female have offspring, thereby passing on the best genes. Humans, of which there are plenty, should cull out defectives. I marvel at parents, for example, who, instead of letting their conjoined twins peacefully die, insist on millions of dollars of surgery and years of painful reconstruction, at society’s expense! What egos!

      • John Smith

        Apparently, that’s exactly what happened during the neolithic period:


      • LHathaway

        Saying the strong will rule (I believe even Jefferson most famously implied the most fit will rise up [explaining the need for freedom and democracy] is one thing. Acting to ensure the strong rule, is evil.

        • SentryattheGate

          No, I’m not in favor of extremes, just more common sense. The West is kind enough to pay for the feeding and housing of most defectives, not just let them die, but some should be sterilized to prevent an increasing burden on taxpayers.

          • David Ashton

            The “liberals” portray eugenics as inflicting pain instead of reducing it. Family planning to reduce illness, stupidity and criminality in future generations is derided, while the extermination of the healthy unborn is defended.

          • SentryattheGate

            Well said!

      • Usually Much Calmer

        Not sure that’s true about wolves (I believe they mate for life, so what you are talking about seems too fragile), but I agree with you about parents with misfires.

        I’ll leave it at that. Too bad we are not chatting in my kitchen over tea, Sentry!

    • LHathaway

      These outcomes can be achieved using only positive eugenics, not preventing anyone from having a child. Perhaps I’m stretching the ‘positive’ bit because but I do say a child . . . . Maybe Hitler did that, too.

  • Hammerheart

    Sterilization should be mandatory. It’ll save countless lives and tax dollars in the long run and is one of the only sane messages against an increasing and bold criminal under class.

  • De Doc

    The libertarian part of me almost bows to the idea of having licenses to have kids.

  • John Smith

    A deranged negro female around here cut her baby’s head off.

    • InAFreeCountry

      Funny that wasn’t on the mainstream news.

      • John Smith

        Exactly. It happened in SW OH.

    • Pa Guy in NJ

      We would call it “deranged” but to them it’s just business as usual.

  • Raymond Kidwell

    Amren should create a Gold metal and $10,000 prize awarded to whoever did the most social good through sterilization. It would be like their version of the nobel prize.

  • Don’t expect a rational and proven solution to be used. Let more children die. Heck, abortion murdered half the black population since 1973. Progressives/Leftists/Liberals = culture of death. They need it to control the numbers needing Gov’t assistance, but they need votes too! It’s a fine line they walk.

  • David Ashton

    Hatred of excellence.

  • Augustus3709

    Safe and modern sterilization should be part of the conversation regarding welfare. It’s just common sense. Then again, leftists need stupid people to vote for them and get hoodwinked into student debt.

  • rebelcelt

    It is not coerced. She is getting out of jail early in consideration. It is a deal. She can opt for more time behind bars.

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