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Government Shutdown Impacts On Federal Prisons

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In our newsletter this week, we looked at some of the Stolen Lives from Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) main cancer treatment facility. This information comes from an NPR article that also goes into detail around why staff shortages specifically heighten the already startling inadequacies of the […]

Minnesota recognizes she’s a woman. She’s locked in a men’s prison anyway.

Christina Lusk is a transgender woman and inmate at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake. Lusk was denied a request to be sent to a women’s prison at intake and is now suing, demanding to be moved and also citing serious harassment and assault at this facility. Additional reporting from Jaclyn Diaz at NPR: This story is […]

Medical neglect for transgender inmates too often demands court intervention

“Transgender inmates who don’t get proper gender-affirming care in prison can experience serious anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. One individual said the experience was “catastrophic.” Note: This story contains graphic details of incidents of self-harm. NPR’s Jaclyn Diaz reports on the experiences of transgender inmates, including an incarcerated woman who’s been denied her hormones therapy […]