Raleigh, N.C. — Monday is the last day for the public to comment on how the state will handle claims from eugenics victims.
Lawmakers set aside $10 million in the state budget to provide compensation to victims of the North Carolina forced sterilization program that ran between 1929 and 1974. The exact payment per victim will depend on how many apply.
As many as 1,800 victims may still be alive, but so far, the state's efforts to find them have yielded only 146 people. Families of victims who have already died would not be eligible.
Comments may be submitted to Abigail M. Hammond by email at email@example.com, by fax to 919-715-0282, or by mail to 4336 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4336.
After the rules are set, the state Industrial Commission, which handles all tort claims against the state, will move forward in the process of handling claims.
Payments will be made in June 2015, and the money would be exempt from state taxes.