The state plans to appeal the ruling in the case of Michelle Kosilek, who was born as a man but lives as a woman in an all-male prison.
A group of 50 Massachusetts legislators has asked the state Department of Correction to appeal a ruling from a federal court judge who ordered prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate.
The victim, Richard Silva, 64, formerly of Lowell, was serving a 9 to 10 year sentence for assaulting a child.
A grand jury has indicted a former Essex County Correctional Facility employee for having sex with an inmate.
Officials say a Boston man is the suspect in the beating of an inmate at the county jail in Dover, N.H.