Transgender woman facing transfer from male prison facility in IL

A 26-year-old transgender woman is seeking transfer from a men’s prison facility in Illinois. Deon “Strawberry” Hampton is serving 10 years for burglary in an all men’s facility in southern Illinois where she says she is victim of regular taunting and physical abuse from guards. She is hoping to be transferred to a woman’s facility where she says she will be safer. Illinois can assign transgender women to women’s prisons but the assignment is rare. Currently, 28 transgender women reside in the state’s 24 men’s prisons and there are none in any female prisons. Hampton has identified as female since the age of 5.

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