Suspicious Timing in Release of Transgender Prisoner

An early release but likely for questionable reasons…


October 06, 2015, Cross Blog from The Recorder.

Michelle Norsworthy, a transgender woman A federal appellate panel on Monday questioned whether California prison officials accelerated the release of a transgender female prisoner to avoid having to provide her with sex-reassignment surgery.

In April, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of the Northern District of California ordered state officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery “as promptly as possible” for Michelle Norsworthy, a transgender woman who had been in state prison since 1987 for second-degree murder. Tigar, the second federal judge in the country to grant such an order, found that the state’s refusal to provide Norsworthy with the surgery amounted to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation promptly appealed Tigar’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, arguing that they had given Norsworthy appropriate care, including counseling and hormone therapy. However…

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