(Common Dreams) — Days after the U.S. Justice Department intervened in the case of Georgia transgender inmate Ashley Diamond, who has been housed in a men’s prison and denied hormone treatments since 2012, state officials announced a new policy Thursday approving “constitutionally appropriate medical and mental health treatment” for transgender inmates.

The policy change was approved Tuesday, officials said during a hearing on Diamond’s case in Macon federal court.

Diamond filed a lawsuit against Georgia correctional officials in February over the state’s “freeze-frame” policy, which prevents inmates from starting or expanding hormone treatment in prison—a rule which the Justice Department last Friday called “facially unconstitutional.”

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