A 27-year-old transgender woman, referred to as Minor, who reportedly impregnated two female inmates while being held at a women’s only prison, has received a 30-year prison sentence for fatally stabbing her foster father.
After her conviction, Minor took to her blog to share her experiences of mistreatment. She described instances where prison guards targeted her because of her transgender identity. When she requested a female officer to conduct a search, one guard allegedly ridiculed her.
Following these events, officials decided to relocate Minor to a men’s jail, where she is currently placed in a vulnerable unit. Reports indicate that Minor claims to have been misgendered and physically assaulted by correctional officers during the transfer, putting her at risk of further harm from male inmates.
Prior to her relocation, Minor had impregnated two women while serving her sentence at the women’s correctional facility. During her transfer, she allegedly faced assaults from prison guards and even attempted to take her own life. As a result, she was placed under suicide watch.
Minor also detailed in another article on her blog that she was assaulted by prison officers during the move from the women’s to the men’s jail. She spent a few weeks in a state prison where guards consistently referred to her by male pronouns.
After her story made headlines regarding the pregnancies at the correctional facility, she was transferred to a different facility. On her blog, the transgender woman also shared her experiences of being forced to live in a male prison, stating that she was transferred due to her suicide attempt.
Before entering her current cell, Minor was placed on a suicide watch. She had requested a female officer to conduct a strip search, as it would have made her feel more comfortable.
However, after her request was denied by a lieutenant, she complied with instructions to be strip searched by two male officers under the threat of having her clothes cut off and being placed in a solitary cell. Minor expressed her distress over the way the male officer addressed her during the search.
As a result of being on suicide watch, she was housed in a dark cell within the detention unit instead of the infirmary. While she was allowed to keep her cosmetics, she feared wearing them in the male facility, viewing it as a potential risk to her safety. She firmly stated, “I have accepted that I am in a male facility, but I have not accepted, nor will I ever agree to or accept, that I am anything other than a woman who happens to be transgender.”