Why have things gotten to the point of taxpayer funding of laser hair removal and hormone treatments for prisoners?
Con: Fund my sex change
By Dave Wedge
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - Updated: 07:35 AM EST
Not satisfied with his taxpayer-funded female hormones and laser hair removal, a convicted killer-turned-transsexual is again asking the state to pony up to complete his transformation into a woman.
Robert Kosilek, who is serving life in prison for strangling his wife, was back in federal court yesterday, again demanding that the state Department of Correction pay for his sex-change operation.
A similar bid was denied in 2002, and his latest attempt has infuriated Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.
“I strongly oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund a sex-change operation for any prisoner, but especially a convicted murderer,” Healey said.
In 2002, Judge Mark Wolf ordered the DOC to provide him with female hormones but refused to order the surgery. Kosilek has also received therapy and laser hair removal treatments behind bars but wants the state to pick up the tab for the operation.
“We ask that gender identity disorder be treated like any other medical condition,” said Kosilek’s attorney, Frances Cohen.