For Immediate Release - January 31, 2014

Department of Correction Statement on Kosilek Appeal

Milford (January 31, 2014) - The Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) today will file a petition for rehearing in the Kosilek case, appealing to the full bench of the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  While we acknowledge the legitimacy of a gender identity disorder diagnosis, DOC's appeal is based on the lower court's significant expansion of the standard for what constitutes adequate care under the Eighth Amendment, and on substantial safety and security concerns regarding Ms. Kosilek’s post-surgery needs.