Your Banality of Evil for the Week -- forced sterilization in America

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    Wow, just wow.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...nd-answers-on-148-unauthorized-female-inmate/

    Anybody that carried this out, endorsed this, or encouraged this, is an evil, evil SOB.
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    Contract doctors probably paid by procedure. More procedures more money so they either convinced them, paid them, or gave them pain Med scripts to get them to consent
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    That's insane. And there's a "formal" sterilization program?
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    I disagree, I think we should incentivize criminals not to reproduce.

    Maybe give them a 35% reduction off their sentences if they agree to the procedure.

    Fewer criminals making babies means fewer future criminals.
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    Gene pool reduction argument, eh ?
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    Interesting female prisoners were the targets, not males.
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    This should be considered, if by consent only, for both genders.
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    Unless criminality is a purely biologically determined trait, I'm not sure what good that would do.
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    It's early 20th century eugenics obscenity popping up all over again, is what it is. That evil has never truly left us.
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    I doubt it will as long as people continue to think poverty and criminality are biologically inhereted traits or purely "mental illnesses" (as one notorious poster puts it in the case of poverty), and people search for "rational" responses.
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    There's actually some studies that have come out recently that allude to tendencies from criminality are possible to passed down through genetic traits. I wish I could remember the exact study, but it was on an episode of RadioLab(really fantastic NPR show, btw) where they were discussing some stories and I believe a couple of studies that have come out recently suggesting that how we're acting and feeling in the general time of sex could be passed onto our children. I'm not suggesting we should sterilize or arrest anyone based on that, just that there could be scientific evidence to suggest a correlation.
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    I think people are predisposed genetically to all sorts of behavior, including violence. The key distinction is between "predisposed" vs. "inevitability." (i.e. there is no accounting for social conditioning, choice, or free will in the latter).
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    Rationally speaking, if someone's genes meant they would be certain criminals, shouldnt the punishment be less severe than someone who isnt and made a choice entirely by free will?
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    There's also the aspect of considering whether or not criminals (particularly ones behind bars) can act as a responsible parent and serve as a proper role model.

    As long as the procedure is not forced (in even the slightest capacity), incentivizing those who do not have a passion for becoming a parent is probably going to benefit society in the long run.

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    No, because as humans we can exercise portions of our brain to become proficient at saying no to other portions of our brain. Er...self-control.
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    The same concept applies whether you are born with a propensity to commit crime (I don't subscribe to this theory) or whether you are conditioned towards a propensity to commit crime. When does a 5-year old with poor parenting drop off the cliff to all of a sudden become an 18-year old who should be expected to act reasonably in society?

    Punishment doesn't need to be "more" or "less" it needs to be effective based on the goals. If, for instance, the individual is a danger to society, then it is effective to remove that person from society until that person can no longer be considered a danger from society (how they became that way is irrelevant to this function). That we fail in this task is another matter altogether.

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    This was a rhetorical quesiton of sorts (because the underlying premise is speculative). Propensity is different from certainty. I asked if we established with certainty that a certain genetic trait would absolutely cause them to commit crimes or engage in criminal behavior. Shouldnt they be punished less severley?
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    What you are proposing requires a very high level of suspension of disbelief. Fortunately, I have seen the movie Minority Report. :D Still "less severely" shouldn't be determined by how they got there, it should be determined by where they go from that point forward. If anything, the hypothetical you propose may warrant stiffer punishment on account of the possibility of being harder to remove the criminal inclination from the individual.

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    Yeah, one of my first thoughts as well.

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