The department stated its position Friday in a court filing in the case of Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman. The Southern Poverty Law Center in February filed a lawsuit against Georgia Department of Corrections officials on Diamond’s behalf.
The lawsuit says prison officials have failed to provide adequate treatment for Diamond’s gender dysphoria, a condition that causes a person to experience extreme distress because of a disconnect between a person’s birth sex and gender identity.
Article continues belowThe Justice Department says prison officials are constitutionally mandated to provide inmates with individualized assessment and care for the condition.
A Department of Corrections spokeswoman said the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
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