Criminal Justice: Jail or Sterilization?

Nancy Hernandez, 21, is a long way from being Santa Barbara's mother of the year. Estranged from her husband, by whom she has one child, she has lately been living with another man, by whom she has a second child. Not only is her lover, Joseph Sanchez, a narcotics addict, but last month Nancy pleaded guilty to the charge of being in a place (Sanchez's apartment) where narcotics were unlawfully used.

Those facts bothered Santa Barbara Municipal Court Judge Frank P. Kearney. But did they justify his sentence of six months in jail, or probation if Nancy submitted to sterilization?


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