Sunday, February 11, 2018
Show-Me Missouri Paying For Transgender Hormonal Therapy And Offering Access To 'Gender-Affirming' Hygienic Products
This is important not only because the burden typically falls to taxpayers but also because it represents a very real shift in an approach to local crime and punishment.
Post-Dispatch: U.S. judge orders Missouri prison to give hormonal therapy, other treatment to transgender inmate
The Missouri prison system must provide hormone therapy for a transgender inmate serving a murder sentence.
Jesica Hicklin, a 38-year-old-transgendered-woman, was sentenced to life in prison at age 16 after she was convicted of fatally shooting a man during a drug-related crime in the western Missouri town of Clinton in 1995.
The (recent) ruling said there was sufficient evidence that Hicklin was at risk of irreparable harm, including emotional distress, suicide and self-castration, if she didn’t receive treatment. That treatment includes hormone therapy, permanent body hair removal and access to “gender-affirming” hygienic products and other products from the prison commissary store. Those products are not typically available at the all-male Potosi prison, according to the lawsuit.
The federal policy was enacted after the Bureau of Prisons settled a lawsuit brought by a transgender inmate in Missouri. It says officials must not only evaluate prisoners for gender dysphoria but also treat those who have it, whether therapy was prescribed before or after the inmate entered federal custody.
You decide . . .