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January 2014 - Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections


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    Landmark Ruling on Transgender Inmate Surgery

    An article in the Boston Globe outlines a recent federal court ruling in favor of Massachusetts transgender inmate Michelle Kosilek. This ruling affirms a lower court ruling requiring the state to provide a taxpayer-funded sex change noting “that the treatment is necessary and that Massachusetts officials violated the prisoner’s constitutional rights by failing to provide the surgery”. It would be the first court-ordered, state-funded sex change for a prisoner in the country. See...
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