The Appeal: In “Amazing” Verdict, Jury Awards Transgender Woman Punitive Damages Against Suffolk County Jail

When Jessica Sunderland was incarcerated in Riverside Correctional Facility in Suffolk County, New York, she expected to continue the hormone treatment that her physician had prescribed. But Sunderland, a 32-year-old Iraq War veteran convicted of burglary in 2013, got nothing but excuses over the 16 months she was at the jail: They were waiting for her medical records, or they needed to consult outside experts. Without hormones, Sunderland was essentially forced to detransition.

In “Amazing” Verdict, Jury Awards Transgender Woman Punitive Damages Against Suffolk County Jail” by Melissa Gira Grant for The Appeal

(photo by Melissa Gira Grant)

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