by: KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press Updated: Feb 12, 2016 – 3:39 PM
ATLANTA (AP) — The state of Georgia has agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn’t provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition.
Court records show Ashley Diamond, 37, voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit Thursday. The state agreed to pay $250,000 to settle the lawsuit, said Nick Genesi, a spokesman for Attorney General Sam Olens.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed the lawsuit on Diamond’s behalf, disputes that.
“The amount specified by the attorney general’s office is not an accurate representation of the final settlement award,” attorney Chinyere Ezie said in an emailed statement. “Because the SPLC is bound by confidentiality, we are unable to disclose the total settlement amount.”
Filed nearly a year ago, the suit said prison officials failed to provide adequate treatment for her gender dysphoria, a condition causing a person to experience extreme distress because of a disconnect between their birth sex and…