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    Recent Ruling Highlights Transgender Issues in Corrections

    Reported from the Associated Press , U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that the state prison officials in Massachusetts must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder. Judge Wolf determined in his ruling that surgery was the “only adequate treatment” for Kosilek. Testimony by the Massachusetts Department of Correction’s medical experts was in support of the need for surgery as treatment. Although...
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    Supreme Court Rules on Lethal Injection Method

    The most common method used in lethal injection executions in the United States has been upheld by the Supreme Court . A constitutional challenge was made regarding the State of Kentucky's use of the three drugs that sedate, paralyze and, finally, kill inmates. The argument against the three-drug protocol was that if the initial drug failed to sufficiently sedate the inmate, the administration of the other two drugs could result in excruciating pain which the inmate could not express due to paralysis...
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