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Qualitative Analysis of Transgender Inmates’ Correspondence : Implications for Departments of Correction
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Qualitative Analysis of Transgender Inmates’ Correspondence : Implications for Departments of Correction

Author: George R. Brown Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA
Edition/Format: Article Article
Publication:Journal of Correctional Health Care, v20 n4 (10/2014): 334-342
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Claims of inadequate health care and safety afforded to transgender inmates have become the subject of litigation. This article reviews 129 unsolicited letters from transgender inmates writing from 24 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to identify their concerns. Among the letters reviewed were reports from 10 inmates who had filed lawsuits naming departments of correction (DOCs) as defendants, claiming  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: George R. Brown Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA
ISSN:1078-3458
Unique Identifier: 5723675360
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George R. Brown, MD, 549 Miller Hollow Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 USA. Email: george.brown@va.gov
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Claims of inadequate health care and safety afforded to transgender inmates have become the subject of litigation. This article reviews 129 unsolicited letters from transgender inmates writing from 24 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to identify their concerns. Among the letters reviewed were reports from 10 inmates who had filed lawsuits naming departments of correction (DOCs) as defendants, claiming inadequate access to transgender health care. Five of these lawsuits have gone to trial. In all of those cases, the defendant settled the matter or was found liable as of the time of this report. Claims of inadequate care for transgendered patients that have sufficient merit to be fully litigated in U.S. courts appear likely to produce verdicts in favor of plaintiff inmates. The information gleaned from reviewing letters from transgendered inmates may alert staffs of DOCs to concerns worth addressing proactively to avoid the costs associated with transgender-related lawsuits.

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