Failing to heed warnings that assaults on biological female inmates would increase if biological male inmates were housed in women’s prisons may cost New Jersey millions.
A biological female inmate has filed a lawsuit claiming she was assaulted by a biological male inmate — a person identifying as a transgender female.
The assault, first reported by My Central Jersey, a local news outlet, reportedly happened at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.
My Central Jersey reported the victim filed the lawsuit on Aug. 29 in Superior Court in Hunterdon County.
The victim, who at this time has only been identified by initials, alleges the New Jersey Department of Corrections failed to take “corrective actions” to safeguard female inmates despite complaints about the “sexually aggressive and harassing behavior of the transgenders” with “fully functioning male anatomy.”
According to the filing, the victim claims the transgender inmate assaulted and raped her between September and October 2022. Though prison staff were informed of the incidents, they failed to take appropriate measures to safeguard inmates and discipline the offender.
Among other grievances, the lawsuit claims that Edna Mahan Correctional Facility did not have security cameras to monitor the interactions of transgender inmates with female inmates.
Reportedly, “two female inmates became pregnant from sexual interactions with transgenders” at the prison.
Filing documents note that complaints from multiple female inmates regarding the “sexually aggressive and harassing behavior of the transgenders” fell on deaf ears.
The lawsuit also alleges the plaintiff claims the Dept. of Corrections has retaliated against her with harsh disciplinary charges, according to My Central Jersey.
The Daily Caller reported the transgender inmate who allegedly assaulted the female inmate has been moved to an all-male facility.
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