Texas Mostly Agrees to Comply with Federal Anti-Prison Rape Laws

In a remarkably civil letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act “wherever feasible.” That’s a big step from previous Governor Rick Perry, who called the law “counterproductive” and “unnecessarily cumbersome.” Texas is… »5/21/15 2:15pm5/21/15 2:15pm


Judge Approves First-Ever Sex Reassignment Surgery for Transgendered Inmate

A transgendered woman incarcerated in the Massachusetts state prison system has won the right to have the state pay for her sex reassignment surgery, after a US District Judge agreed that the surgery was "medically necessary." Naturally, this has led to people making A Big Thing about what "medically necessary" means,… »9/04/12 7:45pm9/04/12 7:45pm