Why should state pay the bill?

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re “In­mate can get sex change,” April 3

As some­one whose fam­ily has been trag­i­cally im­pacted by the mur­der of a loved one, I was stunned to learn that the state of Cal­i­for­nia (mean­ing its al­ready tapped-out tax­pay­ers) has been or­dered by a judge to foot the $100,000 bill for con­victed mur­derer Michelle-Lael Nor­swor­thy’s sex change op­er­a­tion.

I shud­der to think how much ad­di­tional tax­payer money has been spent on this case.

It’s sad to hear that Nor­swor­thy (who, ac­cord­ing to The Times, started iden­ti­fy­ing as a woman sev­eral years af­ter she was sent to pri­son) is suf­fer­ing “dis­sat­is­fac­tion with her life.” But since when is so­ci­ety ex­pected to en­sure that crim­i­nals in­car­cer­ated for heinous crimes should have a sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind bars? De­bra Harner Wood­land Hills

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