Maikobi Burks was charged in 1993 with the slaying of his mother, father and sister. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has since been held in custody at Elgin Mental Health Center. He now identifies as a transgender woman and has, by his account, secured access to “gender-affirming healthcare.”
Burks, who now calls himself Mia Kobi-Burks, 37, has been transitioning to surgical female over the last year, after his attorney apparently successfully argued that the Illinois Department of Human Services was legally obligated to provide him with transition medical services, he said. Burks’ lawyer relied on the decision in Fields v. Smith, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court upheld transgender people’s right to access sex-reassignment treatment while incarcerated. Calls to Elgin confirm that inmates at the facility are housed on sex-segregated floors, so it is likely that Burks will be housed with actual women upon completion of his treatment.
In 2009, Burks escaped from Elgin and was recaptured trying to break into someone’s home.