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Five former correction officers have been charged with beating an inmate and covering it up. The charges stem from an incident at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York.

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The Cuomo administration is planning 12 measures intended to help prison inmates return to communities by lowering barriers to housing, health care and hiring.

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in April in an appeal of a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a Massachusetts transgender inmate.

The state is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordering prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.

On Thursday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston scheduled a hearing for April 2.

Kosilek was named Robert when convicted in the 1990 murder of wife Cheryl Kosilek.

A federal judge in Massachusetts says he won't order more hair-removal treatments for a transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery.

Judge Mark Wolf also ruled Tuesday that the gender reassignment surgery he ordered for Michelle Kosilek in September will be on hold until the state appeals his ruling.

Kosilek, convicted in the 1990 murder of wife Cheryl Kosilek, was born male but has received hormone treatments and now lives as a woman in an all-male prison.

The chief psychiatrist for the Massachusetts Department of Correction says a transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery has no medical need for further electrolysis treatments.

Dr. Robert Diener testified Monday on Michelle Kosilek's request to have additional hair-removal treatments. Diener said he evaluated Kosilek in 2010 and again last month and concluded that Kosilek's anxiety level hasn't changed, even though she hasn't had electrolysis treatments since 2008.

Authorities say a Vermont inmate allowed out on furlough has been arrested in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire police arrested 26-year-old Nathan Kenyon of Windsor on charges of driving without a license. They also discovered he had three outstanding warrants for simple assault and criminal threatening that stemmed back to 2007.

The Eagle-Times reports that as long as Kenyon had stayed out of New Hampshire, the warrants would have stayed silent. However, because he crossed state lines, the charges came up in addition to an escape charge.