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After several successful lawsuits filed by inmates, California adopts a new sex reassignment surgery policy for prisoners. The policy, which took effect this week, provides inmates with sex reassignment surgery using tax-payer funds. A review committee of doctors and psychologists will determine whether or not an inmate qualifies for surgery.

The policy is enacted after a series of lawsuits around the country have urged prison systems into recognizing gender dysphoria as a legitimate medical condition requiring accommodation.

“This is care that, for too long, people have been denied simply because of who they are. It’s especially important because transgender people are incarcerated at six times the rate of the general population.”  – Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center

Read New York Times journalist Richard Perez-Pena’s article here.