California Gov. Brown allows parole for transgender inmate

California Gov. Brown allows parole for transgender inmate

A transgender inmate, who is attempting to force California to pay for sex reassignment surgery, will likely be released soon on parole as Gov. Jerry Brown took no action on the Board of Parole Hearings' recommendation.

On Friday, the governor's office announced that Mr. Brown took no action on the parole board's recommendation to release 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, which meant her parole would proceed.

A federal judge directed the Golden State in April to provide sex reassignment surgery Norsworthy. The surgery had been scheduled for July, but it was delayed after the state appealed the ruling.

The decision makes it less likely that Norsworthy will be able to have surgery funded by the prison before her released. Parole board spokesperson Luis Patino said it typically takes around a week for a prisoner to be released after the governor allows his/her parole to proceed.

California officials filed documents in federal court on Friday, saying it has agreed to provide sex reassignment surgery for another inmate, 56-year-old Shiloh Quine, to settle a separate suit.

State Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation spokesperson Jeffrey Callison said, "CDCR evaluates every case individually, and in the Quine case, every medical doctor and mental health clinician who has reviewed this case . determined that this surgery is medically necessary for Quine."

Quine is currently serving a life sentence for murder, kidnapping and robbery.

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