Georgia Dept. of Corrections changes trans inmates policy

by jovan1984

Move comes days after lawsuit filed by inmate

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Corrections changed a policy on how they treat transgender inmates.

This move, which took effect on Tuesday, came just days after the US Department of Justice weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner.

The new policy says a mental and physical treatment plan will be developed for inmates with gender dysphoria. It also says treatment may go beyond treatment the inmate was receiving prior to incarceration and will be reviewed and updated as necessary.

Previously, the department’s policy limited treatment to inmates identified as having gender dysphoria when they first came into prison. It said the inmate’s status would be maintained, but nothing more.

In a court filing last week the Justice Department that gender dysphoria must be treated like any other medical or mental health condition.

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Man busted for indecent liberties at court hearing

GREENVILLE, N.C. — A man who was in court on indecent liberties charges was arrested on the same charges after his appearance in relation to a new victim.

Judge David Leech filed a “notice of intended bond modification”. His reasons included: the defendant has been unable to post bond, no officer was present at the scheduled probable cause hearing and at least one grand jury session was scheduled between the deadline, giving the District Attorney enough notice to fight the modification.

In February, officers from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Vasquez, after a probation officer caught Martin Vasquez raping a 6-year-old.

His initial bond was $3 million and he remained in jail for over a month. But a couple days ago, a district court judge accepted a lower bond for Mr. Vasquez, 47, of $100,000.00, which he was able to post.

He went under house arrest and electric monitoring for two days before officers say another victim came forward.

Mr. Vasquez was rearrested by the Greenville (N.C.) Police Office after the hearing on Thursday and faces these additional charges: two counts of first degree rape, three counts of first degree kidnapping and three counts of indecent liberties with a child, bringing the total number of counts on that charge to four. Mr. Vasquez also received an additional 2 million dollar secured bond, bringing his bond amount to 3 million.

Friday, Vasquez requested a court appointed attorney and will appear in court again on April 23.

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SCSD: Girl, 15, missing

SUMTER — The Sumter County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a missing girl.

Officers said the girl was missing ever since Sunday. She lived on CANNERY RD.

She is five feet two inches. Her weight will not be given here.

Call Crimestoppers if you see her.