A historic week for trans prisoners, from Georgia to California

Fusion

A group of prisoners that rarely sees victories in courts has seen a number of historic wins in the last week.

The Justice Department on Friday declared denying hormone therapy to a trans inmate being held in a Georgia prison a violation of her constitutional rights. That same a week a federal judge in California ruled the state must provide gender-affirming surgery to a trans prisoner being held in a men’s prison.

The Justice Department is backing a lawsuit filed by Ashley Diamond, a trans prisoner who claims Georgia prison officials terminated her female hormone therapy when she entered prison. In a “statement of interest” filed in Diamond’s case, the Justice Department noted denying “appropriate medical care” for inmates with gender dysphoria violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.”

Excerpt from the Justice Department's Statement of Interest filed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Excerpt from the Justice Department’s Statement of Interest filed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District…

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