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  •  A friend of mine (8+ / 0-)

    of whom I have written on Kos is in the Wyoming Women's Center, the warehouse for medium-security female "offenders." She has formed a relationship with a sister inmate, who has a gender identity issue of some sort. I suspect that she may be intersex. Recently both of them were written up and placed in solitary confinement for a sexual encounter that never occured except in someone's imagination. Instead of the usual week-long stint in solitary, both woman are just now "going back to housing" after 5 weeks. Yes, weeks. They both believe that they were separated for so long due to the identity issue because in their interviews by the investigative officer they felt they were being coerced into confessing to a sexual encounter that never happened. The officers treat this woman decidedly different than the rest of the population, as if they don't know what to do with her. She has contacted the ACLU, who have told her to keep a record of everything that happens so she might be able to build a case of gender discrimination. I would like to help somehow, but everyone I have talked to so far have made it sound like it is all a matter of two bored drama queens who make trouble to bring some excitement into their lives, and that I am being played. My friend is worried about time being added to her bottom line for imagined infractions, and of course I fear for my friend's sanity. Any suggestions?

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