Payouts To Eugenics Victims Could Be Modest

RALEIGH (AP) - A proposed budget agreement sets aside $10 million for one-time payments to the state's forced sterilization victims, but the final amount paid to each individual will depend on how many come forward.

Under the terms of the compromise budget unveiled by the Republican legislative majority on Sunday, each verified victim of the state-sponsored eugenics program that ended in the 1970s will split an equal share of the $10 million.

A group set up to help the 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 previously recommended payments of $50,000. But if 1,000 victims are eventually verified, the $10 million now proposed will cover payments of only $10,000 each.