Transgendered inmate receives medication

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 12 2003 11:00 PM ET

A transgendered inmate who accused federal prison officials of failing to provide him with the hormone therapy he needs to complete his transition from female to male has reportedly begun to receive the required injections, the Hartford [Conn.] Courant reports. Jesse Carr, whose given name was Jessica, is a 21-year-old college student from Ohio who is serving a three-month sentence for trespassing. He was one of 84 people arrested in November during a protest at a U.S. Army training school in Fort Benning, Ga.

Carr ended up in the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury, Conn., after being transferred from a minimum-security prison in Alderson, W.Va. Both facilities house female inmates. Before turning himself in, he had been receiving a testosterone injection every two weeks since November. Stopping the treatments abruptly, he said, can cause medical problems. Carr's supporters said Friday that he finally began receiving his shots and has been assured by prison officials that his medical regimen will
not be interrupted. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons policy states that inmates undergoing hormone therapy should be permitted to maintain their treatment.

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