A biological male transgender prisoner has been transferred to a woman’s prison facility after complaints he felt like a “sex slave” while an inmate in the men’s prisons across Illinois.
Deon Hampton, 27, who now calls himself “Strawberry,” is serving a ten-year burglary sentence. He was moved to Logan Correctional Center, a women’s facility, reports the Chicago Tribune. Prior to the transfer, Hampton was an inmate in Dixon Correctional Center, a maximum-security men’s prison.
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“We are thrilled,” said Vanessa del Valle, one of Hampton’s lawyers with the MacArthur Justice Center. “Strawberry has waited a long time for this transfer.”
“It’s an important first step that we hope will lead to the Department of Corrections recognizing that all trans women need to be free from abuse and discrimination while in custody,” she said. “And that includes properly housing them in women’s prisons.”
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