Court: Kansas did not violate transgender inmate’s rights

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ABOVE: El Dorado Correctional Facility, where Michelle Renee Lamb is currently held. Photo courtesy of Kansas Department of Corrections’ website. 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) | A federal appeals court says Kansas prison officials aren’t deliberately indifferent to a transgender inmate who says her medical treatment is so poor it violates her constitutional rights.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court ruling in favor of prison officials in a dispute with Michelle Renee Lamb.

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Transgender inmate settles Oregon lawsuit over medical care

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The state prison system in Oregon will provide a transgender inmate with hormone therapy, bras and women’s underwear and will consider transferring her to the state’s only all-women’s prison as part of a settlement agreement announced Oct. 24.

The state will also pay Michalle Wright $167,500 in damages, waive medical fees associated with three suicide attempts, provide counseling and consider referring her for gender surgery in January if it’s deemed medically necessary, according to the agreement.

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Transgender inmate claims prison guard raped her

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NEW YORK (AP) — A transgender inmate transitioning into a woman claims she was repeatedly raped by a Rikers Island corrections officer and jail officials turned a blind eye.

The New York Daily News reports a suit filed in Manhattan federal court states an inmate identified only as “M.T.” was assaulted by a guard on Dec. 2, 2012 at the Robert N. Davoren Complex following months of harassment.

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Parole recommended for California inmate seeking sex reassignment surgery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state panel recommended parole for a Northern California transgender inmate on May 21, a decision that could keep her from receiving the prison-funded sex reassignment surgery she says is necessary for her emotional health.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy is no longer dangerous and should be freed, a pair of parole commissioners decided after a hearing. Norsworthy, 51, has served 28 years in prison for a second-degree murder conviction from Orange County.

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Transgender inmate’s suit puts light on prison healthcare

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Christa Allen wasn’t your typical inmate.

Back in 2002 — four years before she was sentenced to time in the Rockville Correctional Facility — Allen had undergone a male-to-female gender-reassignment surgery.

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Appeals court overturns sex-change for inmate

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BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is needed to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder.

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