The Illinois Department of Corrections has agreed to move a transgender inmate to another facility. The decision is in response to an earlier request made by the transgender’s lawyers.
Illinois Transgender Prison Inmate Alleges Abuse
Twenty-six-year-old Deon “Strawberry” Hampton made the request on allegations that guards and inmates abuse her. Hampton is serving a 10-year prison term for burglary.
A Southern Illinois federal judge agreed to hear the plea on Tuesday. Hampton is represented by lawyers from:
Jessey Neves, a spokeswoman for MacArthur Justice Center said a gender-based committee will decide on Hampton’s request within 60 days. Before the Tuesday hearing got underway, the Illinois Department of Corrections and Deon Hampton’s lawyers agreed that she be moved.
Prison Guards & Inmates Took Advantage of Deon Hampton’s Transgender Status
It was agreed that Deon Hampton be moved to another facility until the committee reaches its decision. If the committee rules in her favor, Hampton will become the first transgender woman in Illinois to be moved from a male prison to a female prison.
But until the committee rules within the next 60 days, it was resolved that Hampton be kept in a neutral place pending outcome of the meeting.
According to her, guards at Pinckneyville singled her and other transgender inmates out. They forced them to perform sex acts while they jeered at them.
On being transferred to Menard, she reported correction officers said they would do her in for filing negative reports about the Pinckneyville guards.
Deon Hampton is Functionally Chemically Castrated
Hampton’s lawyers in a court filing said Menard Correctional Center’s guards and other inmates brutally assaulted her and made her feel inhuman. She said being moved from a male prison to a female prison will make her less vulnerable to slurs, beatings and sexual assaults.
Part of the hearing scheduled for Tuesday was to examine whether Deon Hampton constitutes any risks to female inmates. This is premised on the contention that Hampton had not undergone any sex reassignment surgery as of yet.
Therefore, she still has a penis. Yet, she’ll be housed with women prison inmates.
George Brown, a clinical psychologist and principal witness for Hampton, disagrees with state counsels. Brown disclosed that Hampton had considered herself a female since she was five.
He further added that Hampton had undergone hormone treatments that caused her testosterone levels to drop significantly. This, he said, means Hampton is “functionally chemically castrated”.