Deon “Strawberry” Hampton, 26, a transgender woman from Chicago, is serving a 10-year sentence for burglary .
However, Hampton is demanding to be transferred from a male prison facility to a female one, where she claims she’ll be less vulnerable to abuse.
According to the Associated Press, she claims guards single her out for regular sexual abuse, taunting and beatings at the high-security men’s prison in southern Illinois.
While prison officials can assign such male-to-female transgender inmates to women’s prisons, it happens infrequently. 2016 federal data indicates there were no transgender prisoners in Illinois’ two female prisons, but there were 28 in the state’s 24 male prisons.
A federal judge will hear Hampton’s testimony for a transfer request Friday. Testimony in Benton will include experts describing how Hampton has identified as a female since the age of 5.
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