Justice System

Transgender prisoner in Georgia wins Justice Department intervention

Denying a transgender prisoner hormone therapy is a violation of the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Justice Department told a court for the first time Friday. Government lawyers urged a federal judge in Georgia to rule for Ashley Diamond, a transgender prisoner held in state prison for violating parole on a theft charge. Justice Department officials said it was the first time they had intervened in such a case. Lawyers for the Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit on Diamond's behalf in February, saying Diamond had been living as a woman and had taken feminizing hormones for 17 years until she was sent to prison two years ago. Diamond was sent to an...