Victory for Transgender Inmate in Idaho

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the U.S. District Court of Idaho ruled in favor of a transgender inmate at the Idaho State Correctional Institution to provide gender confirmation surgery. The transgender inmate, Adree Edmo, has been incarcerated at the men’s prison facility in Kuna, Idaho, and living as a woman for years now. Judge B. Lynn Winmill wrote in his ruling on the case, “For more than forty years, the Supreme Court has consistently held that consciously ignoring an prisoner’s serious medical needs amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.” Therefore, the state now has six months to provide Edmo with the gender confirmation surgery that will give her the physical characteristics to match her gender identity.