Cece McDonald, the trans woman who was imprisoned for stabbing a man who attacked her, is now free, after 19 months in a Minnesota corrections facility. As Tony Merevick reports for Buzzfeed:
McDonald will continue to be under the supervision of the Minnesota Department of Corrections until the completion of her 41-month sentence, according to Michael Friedman, executive director of the Legal Rights Center, which represented McDonald in court last year. She was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility–St. Cloud around 8:30 a.m. CT, an official at the prison said.
McDonald's plight has been in the spotlight recently, thanks to Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox, who spoke out about mistreatment in prison on Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show (trans people are often denied hormones while incarcerated) and is producing a documentary about McDonald.