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Task Force Makes Compensation Recommendation

A North Carolina government task force today recommended $50,000 compensation to people the state sterilized over a roughly 50-year period. North Carolina sterilized more than 7,600 people men, women and children by the time the state's eugenics program ended in 1974. Victims were usually poor, and many were sterilized against their will. The task force estimates up to 2,000 victims are still alive. Families of deceased victims would not get any money. Several states had eugenics programs in the 20th Century. California and Virginia sterilized the most people. North Carolina had the third-highest number of victims, but would be the first to award compensation if it's approved by state lawmakers. WFAE's Julie Rose attended today's task force meeting in Raleigh. She will have updates later today during All Things Considered.