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California gov allows parole for transgender inmate for operation

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 Cinnamon    24,826

I'm glad they're letting her out. This way my taxes probably won't have to go to pay for her sex change operation. If she was sick and needed an operation of some kind,  that would be one thing, but this is just freaking absurd! Not giving her a state funded sex change might be cruel and unusual punishment and a gross violation of her civil rights. :nC4c5mQ:

So if she stayed in prison, got the tax payer funded sex change, would they move her to a woman's prison? The state already paid for hormone therapy. I wonder how much that cost? And they've agreed to pay for a sex change for another one, too.  :kSJD4KR:  Oh, and this article is calling her a woman, even though she's not had the sex change operation yet, so don't get confused like I did. lol

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Gov. Jerry Brown is allowing parole for a transgender inmate who is trying to force California to become the first state to pay for sex reassignment surgery.

A federal judge in April ordered the state to provide the surgery, which had been scheduled for July. It was delayed after the state appealed.

The governor's office said Friday that Brown was taking no action on the Board of Parole Hearings' recommendation to release Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, which means her parole will proceed.

The decision makes it less likely that the 51-year-old will be able to have surgery funded by the prison before she is released. Parole board spokesman Luis Patino said it usually takes about a week for an inmate to be released after the governor allows a parole to proceed.

Brown decided Norsworthy is no longer dangerous, 30 years after she fatally shot Franklin Gordon Liefer Jr., 26, following an argument in a Fullerton bar in November 1985.

Norsworthy, then 21, was convicted of second-degree murder after she shot Liefer three times. He died six weeks later.

She is being held at Mule Creek State Prison, a men's prison in Ione, near Sacramento. Prison records refer to her by her birth name of Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy, though she has lived as a woman since the 1990s.

She was diagnosed with gender identity disorder in 1999 and began taking female hormones. She began asking the corrections department for the surgery in 2012 after learning a judge for the first time had ordered Massachusetts to provide an inmate with the procedure. However, that decision was overturned on appeal in December, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene.

The 9th Circuit agreed to hear California's appeal of U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar's ruling and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday. The appellate court noted that the case raises serious legal questions about whether denying the surgery violates Norsworthy's constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says it has met all of its legal requirements by providing Norsworthy with counseling and hormone therapy.





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That's one hell of a scarafice for a few days outta the pod. o.o Not to mention, does he go back to male jail? Because if not, while I don't agree with the call, I gotta admit, that's a smart move if you have no survivability in a cell. >.> 

Also, this info threw me off more than once. Pre-ref to gender idenity before surgery...O.O! Brilliant idea!

If I should ever be captured by tptb over some bs, i'll just be like, "no, i'm really a girl,...in a male body. I shouldn't be here. I should be in womens prision. Yes...that is the only way i will feel comfortable". If they ask if I want the surgury, I'll be like, "Hell no, I'm a lesibian" >.> Thanks Bruce Jennifer!

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 Lucy Barnable    5,365

Do they pay for other cosmetic surgeries as well? Some incarcerated people may feel they were born with the wrong shape nose or breast size.
If they're forcing tax payers to cover the cost of gender reassignment why not go whole hog and give them braces and lasik surgery too?   :wacko:

The judge made the right decision imo.

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