Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hormone therapy and transfer to the Bureau of Prisons

U.S. Disciplinary Barracks
Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
This article by Zack Ford for ThinkProgress recounts the current state of play regarding Pvt. Manning's effort to obtain hormone therapy while in confinement. The rub is that transgender therapy is currently unavailable at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (located on North Warehouse Road--true), where Pvt. Manning is confined, but is available to prisoners in the civilian Bureau of Prisons' institutions. Typically, but not invariably, military prisoners are not transferred to BOP until appellate review has been completed and their discharges from the armed forces have been executed.

Many American military lawyers are familiar with the annual Code Committee reports prepared by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Judge Advocates General, which include much useful data. Less well known are the Consolidated Annual Confinement Reports prepared for each branch of the service, which have a wealth of additional information and deserve careful study by anyone hoping to gain an overall sense of the throughput of the military justice and corrections systems. A review of the last few reports reveals that numerous military prisoners are transferred to BOP (see block 17f(2)):

2009: 28
2010: 48
2011: 35
2012: 56

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