(Centre Daily Times)The Department of Corrections is determined to keep Shawn Shannon Quinnones alive.
On Wednesday, the DOC filed suit in Centre County court for an injunction allowing Benner state prison personnel to forcibly provide medical services to Quinnones, 40, an inmate who has decided to stop eating. On Friday, Judge Pamela A. Ruest upheld her temporary injunction after a hearing in which Quinnones testified that her hunger strike was a protest of her treatment at the prison as a transgendered individual.
"No, I do not want to die," Quinnones told the court via videoconferencing from Benner. Instead, she painted the 40-plus meals she had refused since June 24 as a cry for help. She told a story of being the only male-to-female preoperative transgender person in her housing area, despite requesting to be moved to another portion of the prison where other transgendered individuals were housed.
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