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Michigan corrections department to aid transgender inmates

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A new policy at the Michigan Department of Corrections is opening the door for more transgender inmates to receive transition-related treatments.

The revised policy was put into place June 26. Prior to the change, inmates were only allowed to receive treatment if such care was already scheduled before the person was incarcerated. Now, inmates can receive hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery while still in prison.

If an inmate believes they are gender dysphoric, the corrections department's new Gender Dysphoria Collaborative Review Committee will look at the inmate's medical history and give a medical and psychological evaluation to potentially approve treatment.

Gender dysphoria is defined as a conflict between a person's assigned gender and the gender they identify with.

MDOC says there are currently 50 transgender inmates across 30 Michigan facilities.


Man returning to prison after daughter hurt in 2002 dies

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A New Jersey man who served more than three years in prison for injuring his baby daughter in 2002 is returning to prison in Michigan after her 2015 death was attributed to complications from those injuries.

Marcus Claudius Oglesby pleaded guilty in June to involuntary manslaughter. The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/2uenzva ) the 34-year-old was sentenced Wednesday to 6 to 15 years in prison.

Keyaria Oglesby died Nov. 29, 2015, at age 13. Prosecutors have said an autopsy determined her death stemmed from circumstances related to the abuse case. He was charged in 2016 with second-degree murder.

Oglesby, of Runnemede, New Jersey, lived in Lansing, Michigan, when his daughter was hurt.

He has said the injuries were accidental. Court records show a jury convicted him in 2003 of child abuse.


Man convicted of murder in woman's slaying on campus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man has been convicted of murder in the slaying of a 34-year-old homeless woman on the Grand Rapids Community College campus in western Michigan.

A Kent County Circuit Court jury on Wednesday found 20-year-old Marcus Bivins guilty of first-degree murder in the April 2006 killing of Jeanne Huntoon, who was beaten and stabbed to death. The former Muskegon woman's body was found near bushes at the school.

Bivins faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole when sentenced Aug. 16.

Authorities have called the attack a random assault. Defense lawyer John Grace said Bivins heard voices and asked jurors find him not guilty by reason of insanity.