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Transgender US inmate paroled prior to sex change hearing

/ 08:57 AM August 13, 2015
Michelle-Lael Norsworthy

In this May 21, 2015, file photo, inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy speaks during her parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif. AP

CALIFORNIA, United States—A transgender inmate has been paroled in California a day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.

State corrections officials say Michelle-Lael Norsworthy was released Wednesday from a men’s facility. She will be supervised on parole in San Francisco.

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Gov. Jerry Brown took no action on a Board of Parole Hearings’ recommendation that Norsworthy be freed 30 years after fatally shooting a man in a bar, effectively approving her parole.

The state says her release ends her attempt to have the prison-funded sex reassignment surgery.

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