Male-to-female Trans inmates drive rising numbers of rapes and abuse in women's ... trends now
Women's rights groups are warning of ever more male-to-female trans detainees serving time in women's prisons, despite rising incidents of rape and other horrors in what were once women-only cellblocks.
They point to more cases of trans women — including powerful individuals with penises who are attracted to females — sexually abusing and harassing women inmates in New York, Illinois, California, New Jersey, Washington and beyond.
A full picture of trans prisoners is not available, but data obtained by DailyMail.com from federal and California officials indicates more trans male-to-female inmates, more transfer requests, and more pressure on wardens to approve them.
Some transfer requests are made in good faith, but by lowering entry requirements, officials are letting some fakers serve their time in cushier women's wings, where they can imperil female inmates.
After fierce debates about trans athletes competing in sports contests and doling out puberty blockers to teens, assigning natal males to women's prisons is becoming the next flash-point in America's culture wars.
Tomiekia Johnson, 43, a former highway patrol officer who was jailed for 50 years for murdering her abusive husband, is among five prisoners suing over a California law that gives trans inmates the right to choose either men's or women's facilities.
Thanks to that law, Johnson in court papers describes sharing the block with a 'gigantic, tall, physically scary-looking, non-feminine, bizarre, creepy' trans inmate at Central California Women's Facility, in Chowchilla.
The public is apparently against letting trans women into women's prisons. A survey of 3,500 voters in March 2021 found that 48 percent opposed trans women sharing cells with natal females, while 34 percent approved
She calls the individual 'one of the pretenders' among an influx of phony trans women detainees causing 'social and cultural changes' there since Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Senate bill into law in 2020.
In May, a trans inmate took a woman detainee into a portable toilet in the yard and raped her, while another kept lookout, she claims. The perpetrator then threatened to rape others. Nowadays, she suffers panic attacks.
'It is not bigoted to ask for sex-separated facilities when I am changing, showering, sleeping, and using the toilet,' she says in testimony. 'We have a right to insist on accommodations that give some privacy and dignity.'
Across the US, other high-profile cases include Ramel Blount, a trans male-to-female detainee at Rikers Island who goes by the name Diamond Blount, who in February raped an unsuspecting woman prisoner after she finished showering in the women's section of the violence-plagued New York facility.
A trans convict in Illinois, Janiah Monroe, formerly Andre Patterson, was accused of raping several women inmates in a female prison. Demi Minor, a trans woman jailed for murdering her foster father, got two women inmates pregnant in a New Jersey women's prison this year.
California inmate Tomiekia Johnson, pictured here at a court hearing, says she has been forced to share her cellblock with a 'gigantic, tall, physically scary-looking, non-feminine, bizarre, creepy' trans inmate at Central California Women's Facility, in Chowchilla.
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An inmate at Central California Women's Facility, in Chowchilla, where allegations of rape by a trans inmate are at the heart of a case challenging the state's laws on letting natal males reside in women's prisons
California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the trans detainee bill into law in 2020
Lauren Bone, the lawyer leading the California lawsuit, warned of ever-more women inmates suffering in cells across the US as officials lowered the bar for which natal males could opt for women's facilities.
'There were problems [in the past], but there weren't women getting pregnant like there are in New Jersey. There weren't women getting raped in the yard, like in California,' Bone told DailyMail.com. 'It goes on and on.'
Not all trans women detainees are sexual predators, adds Bone. While some begin their transition in custody, others have identified as women for years. Others still just want out of the harshness of men's lockups and to spend their double-digit sentences in the 'company of women,' she adds.
A trans convict in Illinois, Janiah Monroe, formerly Andre Patterson, has been accused of raping several women inmates in a female prison
Demi Minor, a trans woman jailed for murdering her foster father, got two women inmates pregnant in a New Jersey women's prison this year, raising troubling questions about where trans inmates should reside
According to available data, there were some 5,000 transgender detainees in the various US prison systems in 2020 — mostly men who identified as women. Then, only about 15 of them were granted requests to serve their time in women's lockups.
Much has changed. Prison wardens are answering concerns that trans women endure widespread abuse in men's facilities, and in some cases are repeatedly raped. Increasingly, they place them in lockups that match their lived sex.