February 2017 Mugshot of Illinois Transgender Inmate Deon Hampton
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Transgender Inmate’s Abuse Allegations Spark Move to Women’s Prison

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:

Mugshots of Illinois Transgender Inmate Deon “Strawberry” Hampton
Mugshots of Illinois Transgender Inmate Deon “Strawberry” Hampton. Image Source: Watermark Online

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

February 2017 Mugshot of Illinois Transgender Inmate Deon Hampton
February 2017 Mugshot of Illinois Transgender Inmate Deon Hampton. Image Source: The Black Loop

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.

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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.

Hampton used to be incarcerated at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center. She was later transferred to Menard Correctional Center, a high-security prison located in Southern Illinois.

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.

Deon Hampton all dressed up before her days as a male prison inmate.
Deon Hampton all dressed up before her days as a male prison inmate. Image Source: Wild About Trial

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.

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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”.

Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.

Charles Omedo
Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.
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