With historic settlement, Minnesota to move transgender woman from men's prison to women's facility

State settles lawsuit with inmate and will pay her nearly $500,000


Christina Lusk

Minnesota corrections officials announced a legal agreement Thursday that clears the way for a transgender woman's history-making move from a men's prison to the women's facility in Shakopee and includes a payment to her of $495,000.

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) said that when Christina Lusk leaves the Moose Lake prison next week, she will be the agency's first transgender inmate to be moved to a facility that matches their gender identity.

"I believe we have made a big step toward allowing people to express who they truly are and bring some sort of peace and happiness to their lives," Lusk said in a statement released by Gender Justice, a St. Paul organization that joined with the Robins Kaplan law firm to represent her in a lawsuit against the DOC.



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