Transgender inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy speaks during her parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. California is the first state to allow transgender inmates to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. The state spent years in court fighting the policy.
Transgender inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy speaks during her parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. California is the first state to allow transgender inmates to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. The state spent years in court fighting the policy. STEVE YEATER The Associated Press
Transgender inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy speaks during her parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. California is the first state to allow transgender inmates to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. The state spent years in court fighting the policy. STEVE YEATER The Associated Press

Editorial: California prisons take lead on transgender rights

November 09, 2015 08:02 AM