The California legislature passed a measure in July to house prison inmates according to their stated gender identity and not according to biological sex. The policy went into effect January 1, and since then, 261 inmates have requested transfers, nearly all of them biological males asking to be housed with women.
The death penalty is currently suspended in California. Hann requested cross-gender surgery in 2019, at the state’s expense, claiming to identify as a woman, and then asked to be moved to a women’s prison. Hann was moved to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla in May 2020, and remains there still, as does the mother of the children Hann beat to death.