Taxpayers have funded the surgery required for an inmate in California, a convicted child killer, to transgender to a woman. The man who was given the death sentence is now serving his time at the Central California Women’s Facility located in Chowchilla.
Jason Michael Hann, 46, who was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Riverside County, California, in February 2014, is now among the transgender prison inmates housed at a California women’s facility.
He murdered his two children, a boy, and a girl, just a few weeks after they were born. Their bodies were moved across the country before being eventually dumped in storage. The infant’s bodies were discovered 1,500 miles apart in separate storage units.
Hann and his wife, Krissy Lynn Werntz, 41, who was his accomplice to the murders, were arrested in Portland, Maine, in 2002, where they lived with their third child, who was suffering from life-threatening injuries. The child was taken into foster care and later adopted, KESQ reported.
The couple was indicted by a grand jury in 2009, and in 2013, Hann was sentenced to death.
Werntz did not notify authorities about the second baby’s death, lied about Hann’s abusive behavior, and hid the baby’s remains. She received a sentence of 15 years of life in prison.
According to Daily Caller, Hann was one of 10 patients to undergo a state-funded gender transition while incarcerated. Hann was moved to the Central California Women’s Facility as Jessica Hann in February 2020.
California was the first state to pay for gender reassignment surgeries for prisoners.
In January, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) signed Senate Bill 132, The Transgender Respect, Agency, and Dignity Act, into law, requiring all people entering the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to state their pronouns, gender identity, and whether they identify as transgender, nonbinary, or intersex.
The law requires the CDCR to place the individual in a “correctional facility designated for men or women based on the individual’s preference.” Connecticut and Massachusetts have also adopted similar legislation.
Since January, 261 prisoners have requested “gender based housing” transfers, with a vast majority being from inmates who want to be transferred to female facilities, reported the Daily Caller.
“No one deserves to be treated disrespectfully because of their gender identity or expression. And it is our sworn duty to protect people from sexual assault and violence,” CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz said in January. “Senate Bill 132 will bolster our ongoing efforts to address the inequalities and complex needs the incarcerated transgender, non-binary and intersex community faces and codify our policies for the screening, treatment, and housing of this population as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act.”
Jason Michael Hann is now known as Jessica Marie Hann, and is now a female “to match my gender identity.”
“Senate Bill 310 allows a state prisoner or county jail inmate the right to petition a court to obtain a name or gender change,” CDCR Deputy Press Secretary Terry Thornton previously told KESQ.
“SB 310 requires CDCR to use the new name of the person who obtains a name change and to list the prior name only as an alias. CDCR updated Hann’s records and made notification to the victim on file on Feb. 14.”