SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transgender inmates who did not begin treatment prior to entering federal custody can now receive sex hormones specialized mental health counseling and possibly gender reassignment surgery while serving their sentences.

As part of a court settlement announced Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has adopted new health care guidelines for prisoners who believe they are the wrong gender.

In the past, inmates who identified as transgender but had not been diagnosed or commenced treatment prior to incarceration were precluded from receiving medical care for their conditions.

The new policies state that such prisoners are now eligible for hormone therapy to feminize or masculinize their bodies and to dress and live accordingly.

National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Minter says the agreement would permit surgery as a treatment option if prison doctors agree it is necessary for individual inmates.

Comments (4)
  1. Tom says:

    This is what you liberal people want your tax dollars to pay for now they will do a crime just to have the state pay for it this money could go to are schools help the homeless .THIS IS WHY ARE GOVERMENT NEEDS TO GO !

  2. LiberalButConservative says:

    How about providing the service for people who did not commit any crime…why do prisoners have benefits that law abiding citizens don’t?

  3. Rebel says:

    A Tom – “Are” & “our” are not the same, idiot!

  4. FLOP says:

    What an absolute OUTRAGE!!!!

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