SOURCE: Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University

September 30, 2014 11:07 ET

Governor Signs Golden Gate University Professor's Bill Limiting State Prison Sterilizations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - Golden Gate University (GGU) Professor Cynthia Chandler drafted the Prison Anti-Sterilization Bill SB 1135, which was signed into law late last week by Governor Brown after it passed unanimously through both houses of the California legislature.

The bill bans sterilizations for birth control purposes in all state prisons, county jails and other detention centers. Other sterilization procedures are restricted to treating life-threatening medical emergencies and addressing physical ailments. Women will receive extensive counseling and second opinions before being sterilized, and correctional facilities performing such surgeries will be required to post data about the procedures online. The bill also protects whistle-blowers from retaliation for reporting violations.

Since the mid-2000s, Cynthia Chandler, Director of Public Interest Programs at Golden Gate University School of Law and co-founder of the Oakland-based prisoner rights group Justice Now, actively pushed for an end to illegally coerced prison sterilizations, gathering data and firsthand accounts from female prisoners about questionable and damaging surgeries. The group has worked closely with state Sen. Hanna-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who introduced SB 1135.

"The governor's signing of the bill is one, first, great step toward accountability in this gross instance of abuse of women. I plan to continue working as a Board Director with Justice Now to force the State of California to notify women who were sterilized that the procedures were performed, and to inform women in prison of their rights under SB 1135," Chandler said.

At GGU Law, Chandler serves as the law school's Public Interest Career Counselor, providing career guidance for students interested in law careers that serve the greater good. In 2010, she was awarded a Gevelber Distinguished Lectureship on Public Interest Law from Northeastern University School of Law.

About Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law)
GGU Law offers full and part-time law programs that blend practical skills training with legal theory to prepare students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and leaders, with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. The first law school in America to have a female dean and to actively recruit female applicants, our mission is to produce a diverse group of graduates with the skill, judgment and moral compass to become exceptional lawyers and socially responsible members of the global community.

About Golden Gate University
GGU, a private nonprofit, has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in accounting, law, taxation, business and related areas for more than 113 years. GGU is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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