Book review: Victoria F. Nourse’s IN RECKLESS HANDS

Skinner v. Oklahoma (1942) was a U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled unanimously that Oklahoma’s law permitting the compulsory sterilization of “habitual offenders” in prisons was unconstitutional. This ruling came just 15 years after the infamous Buck v. Bell (1927), in which the court 8-1 ruled the exact opposite in regards to a woman who was supposedly “feeble-minded” (to use the terminology of the time).