Trans inmate removed from women’s prison after impregnating women
A trans-identified man who allegedly impregnated two women while incarcerated in a New Jersey women’s prison has reportedly been moved to a new facility.
Demi Minor, a 27-year-old who identifies as female, was transferred to Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, a Burlington County jail for young adults.
Minor is serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter and is eligible for parole in 2037. New Jersey Department of Corrections spokesman Dan Sperrazza told NJ.com on Saturday that Minor was transferred to a vulnerable unit and is the only “female prisoner on site”. ”
The transfer comes three months after NJ.com reported that two women at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, a women’s prison, became pregnant after “consensual sex with another inmate.”
In a separate statement to NJ.com, the NJDOC said it was investigating the matter but could not comment further.
“NJDOC cannot comment on any ongoing investigation,” the statement said. “The Department has zero tolerance for abuse, and the safety and security of the prison population and staff is of paramount importance.”
The New Jersey Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to the Christian Post’s request for comment.
In a post Friday on the Justice 4 Demi blog, Minor alleged that the prison guards in charge of the June 24 transfer were violent. A minor claimed that her removal from the women’s prison had caused “psychological damage”.
“I don’t think DOC realizes the psychological damage that was done by getting me out of a women’s prison to a men’s facility, it’s hard and, I don’t know what it’s like to to live as a man, and to refuse to ever return to such habits or behaviors,” the inmate wrote.
In June 2021, New Jersey enacted a policy requiring prisons to house inmates based on their self-reported gender identity following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a trans-identified prisoner.
The doe at the center of the case has been incarcerated in men’s prisons for more than 18 months and is said to have been denied women’s stewardship items and “misinterpreted” by corrections officers.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint on behalf of the inmate in August 2019 after Doe was transferred to Edna Mahan Correctional Facility.
Sperrazza revealed to NJ.com that the Department of Corrections continues to operate in accordance with the policy agreed to in the settlement, Sonia Doe v. New Jersey Department of Corrections, et al. However, “the department is in the process of reviewing the accommodation policy for incarcerated transgender individuals with the intention of making minor changes to it.”
Decisions regarding housing for inmates like Minor, according to the spokesperson, “are made within the parameters of the settlement agreement which requires consideration of gender identity as well as health and individual safety”.
The settlement required the department to keep the policy in place for a year, with the agreement’s deadline ending last month.
“Defendant New Jersey Corrections Department has adopted and agrees to maintain in good faith policies, procedures and practices that ensure the health, safety and dignity of transgender, intersex and non-binary inmates in its custody, including ensuring the ability of inmates to live in accordance with their gender identity,” reads the settlement agreement.
ACLU-NJ staff attorney Tess Borden praised the settlement, saying it put in place “far-reaching policy changes” that “recognize and respect gender identity people in prison”.
Others, however, like Leanna DeLorenzo, the New Jersey state contact for the U.S. chapter of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign, have expressed concern that such a policy threatens women’s safety.
In an interview last July with CP, DeLorenzo claimed that being a “woman is not a feeling.”
“Women are harassed in prisons by correctional officers and constantly experience things with men,” she added. “Now they allow men to be housed with women because the man has decided he ‘feels’ like a woman. This is unacceptable.”