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Attorneys at Nexus Derechos Humanos fight for human and civil rights every where, for all people, and that includes vulnerable people located in White County, Tennessee (population appx. 25,000). There, our civil rights team has filed two class actions and a single law suit, challenging the constitutionality of a Sheriff-driven program that pressured human beings incarcerated in White County jail to trade 30 days of reduced jail time (for misdemeanor sentences) for vasectomies (men) and nexplanon injections (women). See our lawsuits: (1) lawsuit and (2) lawsuit.

Although our investigation has revealed thus far that Sheriff Oddie Shoupe (of White County) drove this modern-day eugenics program, along with at least one more Sheriff in a neighboring County as far back as 2015, Judge Sam Benningfield (of the General Sessions Court in White County, TN) actually filed an Order, memorializing Sheriff Shoupe’s unconstitutional program.

Well, thanks to our efforts–and the efforts of esteemed media outlets who worked with us to spotlight this egregious violation of everyones’ constitutional right to be free from government coercion while making critical decisions about reproductive health–Judge Benningfield has been publicly reprimanded by the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct. See the official public reprimand.