...and on the tax payer's dime. I have heard of cases where this has happened in the US, but I can't find any of the stories online.
In the UK right now is a man-that became a woman while incarcerated (for about 15,000 pounds -about $23K)...but now wants to go back to being a woman. Surgically. On the dole.
"Christine Burns, of Press for Change, a pressure group for transsexual rights, said: “Although it is not unheard of, it is very rare indeed for people to have regrets and want to change back.” The surgery would be similar to that used for female-to-male transsexuals, she said.
Pilley underwent seven years of hormone treatment, after which he won the right to have a sex change operation. He was initially refused permission by the Prison Service to have the operation, but the service dropped its opposition after taking legal advice. He was allowed to wear women’s clothing in his cell at night but wore men’s clothes during the day. The Prison Service has refused to comment on the case." (source)
Britain’s National Health System has performed about 5,000 of these "gender reassignment" operations. When I was in England the locals were mad that student beer at the Uni was subsidized --I'd love to hear their thoughts on this!
In other prisoner news... What the hell is going on up there in Vermont? A man that sexually assaulted a child was given a sentence of 60 days and counseling by a judge that is former military?! Fine, but put him in a room with the judge’s children to see of the "counseling" worked! (source)
Thankfully, there are already calls for the judge's resignation...