Thursday, July 19th

Lisa Mitchell(Photo: Dane County Sheriff's Office)

The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled a transgender former Wisconsin inmate can sue Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials for denying her hormone treatment, both in prison and while on supervised release.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated most of a lawsuit by Lisa Mitchell against Kevin Kallas, the Department of Corrections' mental health director, and three probation officers. A federal judge in Madison had dismissed Mitchell's complaint filed on her own without an attorney in favor of the various defendants.

"Punishment for Mitchell’s crimes cannot extend to the deprivation of the medical treatment she requires for her serious gender dysphoria," Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote for a three-judge panel.

"The Wisconsin DOC staff must approach Mitchell’s request for treating gender dysphoria with the same urgency and care as it would any other serious medical condition."

According to the decision, Mitchell, 37, has identified as female her entire life.