Inmate sues Va. prison system
A Virginia inmate who was born a male but surgically altered to be a female because of severe birth defects claims in a lawsuit against state officials that she should be held in a women's prison.
Deena Kaye Myers was going by the alias "Scott" when she was convicted of 11 felonies and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2001.
Myers was born a male with cloacal exstrophy, a rare defect that includes an exposed gastrointestinal tract and bladder.
Traditionally, males born with the disease were sexually reassigned soon after birth, as was Myers. Her birth certificate lists her as a female.
The lawsuit was filed earlier this month and first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The prison system doesn't comment on litigation.
the Richmond Times-Dispatch
| December 28, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
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