Is it possible that she is doing this to get transferred to a womens prison? Yes. Although very unlikely. Psychologists are trained to figure out who is and isnt transgendered.
I think people have gotten off the point. Is it important to discuss what this person's mental status is or whether this person is a he or she in their own mind. The point here is whether we the taxpayers should pay for an elective surgery. We're not talking about heart surgery or cancer, we are talking about giving an unnecessary surgery to someone who is in prison for killing someone.
My main function as a Christian is to be the biggest possible jerk as a demonstration of the awe found in God's Grace and Forgiveness. (That love part comes in to play at some point)
It seems that most people here are in agreement that the state should not pay for SRS for an inmate although I get why they considered it necessary for the well being of the patient.
What is completely ridiculous is that they are calling this a "medical need." Such bull crap. This guy is not only a inmate but a convicted murder who strangled his wife with a cord and left her body in the trunk of a car in a mall parking lot in North Attleborough, MA. I've been seriously thinking about moving out of this backwards-ass state.