Agreement reached in transgender inmate case

By Joe Dolinsky - [email protected]
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SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County Prison will continue to administer hormone medication to a transgender inmate on the condition the inmate assumes risk for any potential side effects the drugs may induce, according to an agreement struck between the parties Monday.

A lawsuit filed earlier this month on behalf of inmate Sparkles Wilson, who was born a male under the name Steven Fritz, alleged the prison violated her rights when doctors refused to provide the medication when she arrived at the facility earlier this year.

Wilson indicated on her intake form at the prison that she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, attorneys Curt Parkins and Matthew Comerford wrote in the lawsuit, which remains pending despite the agreement.

Shortly after the suit was filed, U.S. District Judge Robert D. Mariani issued an order directing Wilson’s treatment to resume after finding the denial presented “a clear and present danger” to her health.

The order was initially challenged by the prison’s attorneys. But prior to a hearing scheduled Monday, they informed the judge they had reached the stipulation, court documents show.

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By Joe Dolinsky

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Reach Joe Dolinsky at 570-991-6110 or on Twitter @JoeDolinskyTL

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