February 28, 2018
The Boston Globe
By Michael Levenson
State prison officials told a federal judge Wednesday that they are refusing to transfer a transgender inmate to the state women’s prison because they believe they have already made reasonable accommodations for her in a men’s prison and are concerned she would disrupt the prison climate if she were housed with women inmates.
But the prisoner, who sat with her lawyers and listened quietly during Wednesday’s hearing, argues the accommodations she has been given have failed to protect her from groping and taunting by male prisoners and male correctional officers who routinely harass her because she identifies as a woman.