Freed transgender inmate to fight for trans prisoner rights

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ABOVE: Deon “Strawberry” Hampton, screenshot via MacArthur Justice Center’s YouTube channel.

CHICAGO (AP) | A transgender woman who just got out of prison says she’ll continue to fight for the rights of other transgender inmates now that she’s free.

Strawberry Hampton, of Chicago, was released Monday from Logan Correctional Center that houses women inmates outside of Lincoln. She was serving a 10-year sentence for burglary. She maintains her innocence.

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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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A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate

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Frank Meeink, author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, will share his personal story at Eckerd College on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Frank Meeink was a skinhead at age 13. By age 17, he had his own cable-access TV show, “The Reich” and he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. At age 18, he was finally arrested and convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang.

While in prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. After being released from prison, Meeink tried to rejoin his old skinhead pals but couldn’t bring himself to hate those whom he now knew to be his friends.

Now a noted speaker, author, and founder of Harmony Through Hockey, Frank’s life stands for tolerance, diversity, and mutual understanding in racial, political, and all aspects of society.

A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Eckerd College, Fox Hall. Please RSVP by calling The Florida Holocaust Museum at 727.820.0100, extension 301.

 

Presented by Eckerd College. Sponsored by The Florida Holocaust Museum.

Prison doctor sues state alleging LGBTQ discrimination

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SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) – A psychologist at a California prison facility has alleged she was twice locked in a room with a dangerous inmate in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of LGBTQ inmates.

Lori Jespersen sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Monday for violations of civil rights and whistleblower protection laws, as well as the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA. Jespersen is an employee of the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, which provides health care for incarcerated men. Her lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern Division of California, also names several corrections employees as defendants.

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Ex-CEO of RentBoy.com gets 6 months prison

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NEW YORK (AP) – The former CEO of a once-popular male escort service website who pleaded guilty last year to promoting prostitution has been sentenced to six months in prison by a judge who said it was necessary to send a deterrent message even though she knows the business did good things for people.

Jeffrey Hurant, who ran the Rentboy.com site, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Margo K. Brodie in Brooklyn.

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Transgender death in Saudi Arabia prompts call for inquiry

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)- Human Rights Watch is calling on Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman who had been detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, following a raid on a private gathering.

The rights organization says a family member claims the transgender woman was tortured in custody.

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Prison sentence handed out to transgender bank robber

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A transgender woman who robbed a bank in an attempt to be sent back to prison expressed a change in heart, and a sympathetic judge sentenced her Oct. 12 to six years in a federal women’s prison, far less than the 20 years she could have gotten.

Linda Thompson, 59, told the courtroom that whatever sentence U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal handed down would be fine with her, but she hoped yet to get a commercial driver’s license and land a job driving a truck.

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Texas prison records show more than 330 transgender inmates

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AUSTIN (AP) — Texas prison system records show the number of inmates identifying themselves as transgender is at an all-time high amid greater awareness of gender issues and criminal justice reforms.

The Dallas Morning News reported Sept. 28 that 333 inmates currently identify themselves as transgender. Texas Department of Criminal Justice records show that compares to 67 inmates identifying themselves as transgender in September 2014.

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Florida man faces life in prison for murder of transgender woman

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BradyFORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – A man faces life in prison after a jury found him guilty in the fatal shooting and burning of a transgender woman in southwest Florida.

The Naples Daily News reports that 47-year-old Terry Brady of Fort Myers was convicted of second-degree murder on Sept. 22 in Lee County.

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Nevada to change policies for HIV-positive inmates

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Las Vegas (AP) – Nevada Department of Corrections officials say they’ve started taking action to improve their treatment of inmates infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the department last week removed a medical code from its computer system that could have revealed a prisoner’s HIV-positive status to unauthorized staffers.

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Transgender Delaware inmate first to receive hormone therapy

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Wilmington, Del. (AP) – A transgender Delaware inmate has become the first in the state to begin hormone therapy in prison.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Kai Short last month became the state’s first transgender inmate to begin hormone therapy in prison. Last year, Short, who was born Lakisha Lavette Short, became Delaware’s first transgender inmate granted the right to change his name.

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Anti-gay Republican Dennis Hastert sentenced for molesting boys

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When he sentenced Dennis Hastert to more than a year in prison, the judge in the former House speaker’s hush-money case delivered the verbal equivalent of a public flogging.

Before imposing the 15-month sentence, a far stiffer sentence than federal guidelines suggested, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin spent nearly an hour Wednesday rebuking the 74-year-old Republican for sexually abusing high school athletes decades ago, when he was a wrestling coach.

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