CRIME PAYS IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
by Marty Carlson
A convicted murderer in California, serving a life sentence has received a taxpayer-funded sex- reassignment surgery. Attorneys for the prisoner confirmed on Friday, January 7, 2017, that this has occurred.
Prison officials in California agreed in August 2015 to fund the reassignment for Shiloh Heavenly Quine.
Quine was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery for ransom had received a life sentence with no possibility of parole.
This case has led California to be the first in the nation to provide state funded reassignment surgeries. In addition, a federal judge has required California to provide transgender inmates that are housed in men’s facilities with more female orientated items, those being nightgowns, scarves, and necklaces.
The legal representation was done by the transgender Law Center who represents multiple clients that are incarcerated in the state prison system.
The law center has declared this a victory for all transgender people who have been denied the medical care while in prison.
The inmate will be reclassified to a women’s prison after the operation, which was performed at a hospital in San Francisco.
The daughter of Quine’s victim said that she objects to inmates getting taxpayer-funded surgeries that is not readily available to other non-crime committing citizens.
Farida Baig, stated that her dad had begged for his life before he was murdered, and had tried unsuccessfully to block the surgery through the courts. She stated it just makes her dizzy and sick that she is helping to pay for his surgery through her taxes and she is a California resident, and considers it a slap in the face.
Quine and an accomplice kidnapped and fatally shot 33-year-old Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, in downtown Los Angeles in 1980. The suspects sold $80 and his car during a drug and alcohol fueled rampage.
In a written statement, California spokesman Terry Thorton said that California was legally required to pay for the operation.
The eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires that prisons provide inmates with medically necessary treatment for medical and mental health conditions that include diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
California officials had fought the case in the courts for years at an astronomical expense.
Quine had told a prison psychologist that it would bring a drastic, internal completeness, after several suicide attempts in prison.
A spokesman for the federal court appointed official who controls California’s prison medical care system, said the cost of the reassignment surgeries could approach or exceed $100,000, which includes procedures and medications before and after the operation.
The attorneys for the transgender Law Center said the figure was exaggerated.
I personally do not have an issue with the transgender operations that they want to have. I do have an issue with the being paid for by tax dollars at a time where money is a premium in a state, where counties and cities are struggling to make ends meet. This is an elective surgery though I agree is a very emotional issue for this inmate. In addition, I think the daughter of the victim had a very good point where she is paying for this to be done.
Maybe the victim’s family should be compensated for their loss and lack of a future with their father.