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Inmates in Tennessee offered reduced jail time if they have vasectomy

Elaine Thompson / AP

Two months ago, General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield of White County, Tennessee signed an order allowing inmates to lessen their jail time by up to 30 days by for receiving a birth control implant or vasectomy. Since the program started, at least 32 women and 38 men have decided to take the deal, according to county officials.

Judge Benningfield explained the reasoning behind the practice to News Channel 5:

"I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children. This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves."

On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the constitutionality of the order.