Transgender inmate moved to Illinois women’s prison after alleging years of abuse



A transgender woman who described feeling like a “sex slave” while incarcerated in several men’s prisons across Illinois has been transferred to a women’s prison after a yearlong court fight.

Strawberry Hampton, 27, was moved in recent days to Logan Correctional Center, a female facility in Lincoln, about 160 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, her attorneys said. Hampton was most recently held at Dixon Correctional Center, a maximum-security men’s prison in northwest Illinois.

“We are thrilled,” said Vanessa del Valle, one of Hampton’s lawyers with the MacArthur Justice Center. “Strawberry has waited a long time for this transfer. She has been battling for a year in court to have (the Illinois Department of Corrections) recognize her as a woman and protect her from the constant abuse and discrimination in men’s prisons.”

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