Hood v. Department of Children and Families et al. (USA)

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Ron Hood is a child rapist who also consumes child porn. He identifies as a woman named Erika. He is currently housed at the Florida Civil Commitment Center as a sexually violent predator. He filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Children and Families for failing to have a policy to help transgender inmates like him. He also claimed he has the right to choose the clothing he should wear  while confined and that the facility is constitutionally obligated to purchase all the clothing and “feminine” products he requests. The court rejected the claim that Hood has a right to “women’s clothing,” but allowed his lawsuit for failure to have a “transgender policy” to proceed. While housed at the Florida Civil Commitment Center, Hood was able to download and view child porn.

Hood v. Department of Children and Families et al.

Guzman-Martinez vs. Corrections Corporation of America et al. (Arizona, USA)

NOTE: This is a really awful decision for anyone who cares about people in detention due to immigration status. I am reporting it because of the gender identity aspect, but I disagree with the basis for the court’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit. The court should have looked to standards of care for keeping male inmates free from sexual assaults.  See, e.g., this Department of Justice Rule.  The ACLU represented Guzman-Martinez.  I haven’t looked at their briefs but I don’t think they briefed the issue of standards of care to prevent sexual assault in male prisons by men.  This summary mostly copies the court’s decision.

The Corrections Corporation of America (“CCA”) owns and operates the Eloy Detention Center (“Center”) in Eloy, Arizona, under a contract with the City of Eloy (“City”), which has a contract with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) to house ICE detainees. On February 17, 2006, ICE executed an agreement that the City had signed on February 13, 2006, for the detention and care of ICE detainees. The agreement required the City to house detainees in accordance with the most current editions of the ICE Detention Requirements, American Correctional Association Standards for Adult Local Detention Facilities, and National Commission on Correctional Health Care standards. It provides that ICE inspectors will conduct periodic inspections of the facility to assure compliance with the identified standards. CCA executed another agreement that the City had signed on February 14, 2006 that provided that CCA would indemnify the City and its officers and employees from liability and any claims to the extent they arise as a result of CCA’s acts and omissions in the performance of the agreement.

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People v. Olsen (California, USA)

Summary:  Evidence supports involuntary commitment of a transgender woman as a sexually violent predator; however, transgender woman has right to a hearing on whether his equal protection rights were violated in the application of the involuntary commitment process to him.

The State of California filed an amended petition to extend the commitment of William Karl Olsen under the Sexually Violent Predators Act after his commitment expired in October of 2008.  The petition stated that on October 5, 2000, Olsen was committed as a sexually violent predator to the state Department of Mental Health for two years, and since that date he “has been consistently committed to a new term as a Sexually Violent Predator.” The People asserted that Olsen “continues to meet the criteria for commitment as a sexually violent predator in that he continues to have a current diagnosed mental disorder that makes him a danger to the health and safety of others in that it is likely that he will engage in sexually violent criminal behavior in the future.” The SVPA provides for the involuntary civil commitment for treatment and confinement of an individual who is found, by a unanimous jury verdict, and beyond a reasonable doubt , to be a sexually violent predator (“SVP”).  A jury found the allegation that Olsen was a sexually violent predator to be true. By order filed in February 2011, the trial court committed Olsen to the state Department of Mental Health for an indeterminate term.

The trial court found probable cause to believe that (1) Olsen had been convicted of a qualifying sexually violent offense against at least one victim; (2) he has a diagnosable mental disorder; (3) the disorder makes it likely that he will engage in sexually violent criminal conduct if released; and (4) the sexually violent criminal conduct will be predatory in nature. Thereafter, the case proceeded to a jury trial.

The jury trial yielded the following testimony.

At the age of five, Olsen was placed in foster care due to his mother’s health problems. He later graduated from high school and worked as a mechanic and truck driver. He also served in the Army in Vietnam. Olsen has been married twice and has an adult daughter. At the time of trial, Olsen was 61 years old.


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