Idaho State Correctional Institution

Inmates pass through the yard at the Idaho State Correctional Institution on June 26, 2018.

In the span of less than a year, three Idaho inmates — two who had gender dysphoria and one who was living with sexual identification issues — killed themselves at the same facility housing a transgender inmate embroiled in a lawsuit with the state over gender confirmation surgery, writes Idaho Press reporter Tommy Simmons.

The suicides were mentioned in a September 2017 audit of the Idaho State Correctional Institution by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and they occurred between October 2016 and August 2017. Attorneys referenced that report during hearings in October in the case of Adree Edmo, a male-to-female transgender inmate who is suing the Idaho Department of Correction and Corizon Health, the department’s contractor, to obtain gender confirmation surgery.

On Aug. 23, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Idaho officials must provide the surgery, something Gov. Brad Little on Friday vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. You can read Simmons' full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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