Michigan just changed its policy offering healthcare to trans prisoners

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Michigan has changed its policy on providing the necessary treatment for transgender prisoners. A new policy adopted by the Michigan Department of Corrections takes effect today which means transgender people can get hormonal treatment and surgery during the prison term if necessary. The change came after a trans woman incarcerated pushed the MDoC to change its policy. Previously hormone therapy was limited to individuals who were already on hormone therapy before entering prison. But now the new policy, resulting from a legal challenge in the US state in Georgia, allows trans prisoners to start hormone therapy, and also to be considered for gender reassignment surgery. Trans prisoner Jami Naturalite wrote to the Southern Poverty Law Center last year relating to the Georgia case, Diamond v Owens, which successfully challenged a discriminatory policy. Later the SPLC and the ALCU of Michigan asked the MDoC to change its policy.

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