Are you opposed to all mental health treatment in prisons, or are you just opposed to the idea of GID as a legitimate mental health issue?
I'm rather conservative about prison in general and my basic instinct is "Screw 'em, next time try not breaking the law." I have little concerns with prison being punitive. In my opinion, most medical treatment in prison should serve to stabilize the issue -- for instance, dental issues should be handled in the least expensive manner, extraction and perhaps bridgework rather than implants or veneers. If you manage to infect your legs with gangrene and it needs to be cut off, we'll give you a nicely polished peg to hop around on; you're free to buy a high quality prosthetic when you get out. Likewise, mental issues should be handled with therapy and at most medication to stabilize the issue. Hormone and sex-reassignment go well beyond that in my opinion. He's sad he's not in a girl's body? Give him some antidepressants and work duty to have something else to think about. That sound unfair? Next time, try staying out of prison and you can get all the extra stuff you want in the open and free world. Name me another mental health concern and I'll have the same opinion.
I would say that I do not, at all, believe that he should ever be eligible to change prisons or wings on account of his desired gender. He can call himself a girl all he wants in the same prison he was assigned to as a man. Prison assignments shouldn't be based on what the prisoner wants.
So women got special treatment when they received the right to vote...
No, but I suppose I don't care enough to debate it. If you want to say there's nothing special about it, no skin off my nose.
Edited, Aug 25th 2013 4:58pm by Jophiel