The decision, as far as I can tell, is they won't provide it for Manning.
The military prison system does not provide treatment for gender identity disorders.
No, they just don't offer it.
Courthouse News Service wrote:
FT. MEADE, Md. (CN) - Though evidence has shown that Bradley Manning has considered living as a woman, the prison likely to hold the WikiLeaks source for decades confirmed that it does not provide hormone therapy or ***-reassignment surgery to inmates.
There has been cases in the civilian court system that resulted in prisons offering hormone treatment. The military system is a separate kettle of fish. You can argue that they should offer it but the current status quo and context for this discussion is that they do not.
As far as switching him to a woman's prison, why not? I'm making an off-hand guess that it's cheaper to house an inmate in a woman's prison than a mans...and this is all about the money, yes?
(A) Because he's not a woman
(B) Because he's been assigned to a specific prison and I don't know if an equivalent women's prison exists in the military justice system
(C) Because the choice on where to stay out your sentence shouldn't be that of the prisoner nor based on voluntary actions from the prisoner after the fact
(D) It's not "all about the money" at all; I stated earlier my philosophy regarding incarceration.
Edited, Aug 27th 2013 9:02am by Jophiel