Prison facing 'torture' after sex change
SACRAMENTO, California (AP):
The first US inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery says she's been mistreated since being transferred to a California women's prison, where she now has a beard and moustache because officials have denied her a razor.
In a handwritten federal court filing, convicted killer Shiloh Heavenly Quine called her new housing at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla a "torture unit". She said she's unnecessarily isolated from other inmates and denied basic items.
State officials say she's being treated like other female inmates. All inmates are initially denied privileges like razors and TVs as they are evaluated.
Quine, 57, did the surgery she had long sought in January and was moved from a men's prison last month. She said she is being treated as if she's a newly arrived inmate and denied rehabilitation programmes and privileges even though she's been serving a life sentence since 1981.
Quine is housed alone in a cell, but said she still has no privacy to perform required intimate post-operative procedures and is enduring "a restrictive isolation" that is pushing her toward anxiety, depression and sadness.
Her beard and moustache are having a "huge impact on day-to-day life" and are making the transition to life as a woman more difficult, she wrote in a filing received Friday at the court.