Victims of NC eugenics program file claims

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Submitted: Tue, 05/13/2014 - 1:24am
Updated: Tue, 05/13/2014 - 1:29am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina agency is reviewing claims of people who have previously identified themselves as victims of the state’s forced sterilization program so they can verify their eligibility for one-time payments from a $10 million compensation fund.

So far, 281 of the 442 claims filed have been forwarded to the N.C. Industrial Commission. Victims have until June 30 to submit a claim.

Each verified victim of the state-sponsored eugenics program that ended in the 1970s will split an equal share of the money.

A group established to help victims estimated last year that up to 1,800 victims are still alive, though the identities of only 168 have been verified so far with available records.

A state advisory board has recommended one-time payments of $50,000 each.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Not saying this program was good, but it did have some merits. For once, common sense prevailed, at that time but in later years, political correctness trumped the program. However, throwing taxpayer dollars at a problem is not going to undo what happened, right or wrong. I suppose it is an easy out for politicians, as money usually makes a problem go away. However, it is not their money. Why not just give the “victims” lifetime medical care and prescription coverage as compensation?