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Tennessee county inmates get reduced jail time if they get a vasectomy with new program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some Tennessee inmates can shave off time of their jail sentence, if they undergo a vasectomy.

Both male and female inmates can volunteer for the new program in White County.

Women would receive a Nexplanon implant in their arm, which provides up to three years of continuous birth control. 

Men would have to undergo a vasectomy. 

The procedures are free, and inmates would get 30 days off their sentence.

The new program was enforced in May after General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield signed a standing order. 

Benningfield hopes the program will encourage inmates to take responsibility for themselves.

"I understand it won't be entirely successful, but if you reach two or three people, maybe that's two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win-win," he said. 

But others, including the ACLU, say the decision is personal, and should not be mandated by the court system.

"Offering a so-called 'choice' between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional," ACLU-TN Executive Director, Hedy Weinberg, said.

Since the program started 32 women and 38 men have volunteered.

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