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N Carolina transgender inmate to transfer to women's prison

1 month 1 day 8 hours ago Friday, May 24 2019 May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019 5:59 PM May 24, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: WRAL
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Prison officials in North Carolina are honoring the wishes of a transgender inmate and transferring her to a women's prison.
  
The state's Department of Public Safety on Friday told lawyers for the ACLU of North Carolina that they plan to transfer Kanautica Zayre-Brown to a women's facility by August 22.
  
Zayre-Brown is believed to be the state's only post-operative transgender prisoner. But the state had classified her as a man and incarcerated her at a men's prison. She said she constantly fears assault.
  
The state said it's basing its decision on the "unique characteristics, circumstances and personal history" of Zayre-Brown.
  
She has been serving a sentence of up to nearly 10 years since 2017 after being convicted as a habitual offender on insurance-fraud charges.

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