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OFFICIALS SAY “NO COUNTY FUNDS” — USED FOR INMATE BIRTH-CONTROL PROGRAM

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Officials with White County say that they have not paid for any type of birth control practices going on at the jail in exchange for time off inmate’s sentences. Newschannel 5 reported that Judge Sam Bennigfield signed an order for the program in May. The story said that several female inmates had received birth control implants and that over 30 male inmates were awaiting vasectomies. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson says that no county money has been spent on the program. Sheriff Odie Shoupe also released a statement saying that funding for the program did not come from the Sheriff’s Office. The statement did mention that doctors and nurses working at the facility are paid by the sheriff’s office, however the judge’s order is separate and the birth control program is reportedly out of the health department. Inquiries to the county and state health departments went unanswered.


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