Biologically Male Transgender Inmate Moved to Women’s Facility

On Thursday, attorneys for 27-year-old Deon “Strawberry” Hampton announced that their client, a biological male who identifies as a female and is serving a ten-year prison sentence for residential burglary, would be transferred from a men’s correctional facility to a women’s correctional facility.

Hampton filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) in late-November 2017, demanding to be moved to a women’s prison following 16 months of hormone therapy.

The lawsuit alleged that Hampton was the target of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of correctional officers at multiple facilities — first at Pinckneyville Correctional Center, then at Menard Correctional Center. The lawsuit also claimed that when Hampton “reported this abuse [at Pinckneyville], the officers retaliated” with beatings and “false disciplinary charges … that resulted in segregation time and [the] transfer to Menard.” . . .

As to the fact that Hampton still possesses male genitalia and might therefore pose a threat to biological female inmates, the lawsuit quoted a psychiatrist who is an alleged “expert in providing transgender healthcare.” He claimed that because of the ongoing hormone therapy, Hampton “is functionally chemically castrated.”

After further legal issuances and allegations of abuse, Hampton was transferred twice — first to Lawrence Correctional Center, then to Dixon Correctional Center, both of which are men’s facilities. (Read more from “Biologically Male Transgender Inmate Moved to Women’s Facility” HERE)

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