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South Dakota inmate sues warden over hormone therapy

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — An inmate is suing the warden of a South Dakota prison for allegedly withholding hormone therapy treatment.

The Argus Leader reports that 32-year-old Cody Caskey filed a lawsuit accusing Mike Durfee State Prison Warden Bob Dooley of denying access to estrogen and testosterone blockers. Caskey says the lack of hormone treatment has led to suicidal thoughts.

The lawsuit alleges the denial is retaliation for a complaint Caskey filed in 2013 about a sexual encounter with a prison captain. Caskey was on parole at the time of the encounter. The case was settled in 2016.

State Department of Corrections officials declined comment, saying they hadn't yet seen the lawsuit. Caskey is currently serving a sentence for ingesting a controlled substance.

Courts across the U.S. have seen recent cases involving inmates requesting hormone therapy, including in Florida, Georgia and Indiana.

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