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    New Justice Department Policy on Same-Sex Marriages

    On Monday, February 10th, the Department of Justice released a new policy that gives same-sex marriages equal protection under the law. The policy will “formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law,” according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in remarks delivered at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala. The implications of this policy for corrections will range...
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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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    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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