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A female prisoner in New Jersey said that she was sexually assaulted by a female-identifying man inside a women's prison and that the facility has failed to protect prisoners from other transgender inmates.
The accused was identified only by his initials in a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Corrections that claimed a female inmate was assaulted in September and October 2022, the Daily Mail reported.
The supposed all-female prison, the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, has been rife with controversy. The latest claim is that there was a lack of "corrective action" taken by prison guards about the "sexually aggressive and harassing behavior of the transgenders."
The unnamed alleged victim, who has been in prison since 2003, said she reported the assaults by the male inmate to staff but was handed disciplinary action herself as a result.
The transgender inmate has reportedly been transferred to a male facility.
The lawsuit also claimed that the department of corrections failed to implement actions to protect inmates after "two female inmates became pregnant from sexual interactions with transgenders."
This likely referred to Demi Minor, a 27-year-old male prisoner who identifies as transgender. He was transferred to a male facility because he had impregnated two inmates at the New Jersey women's prison.
Another claim made in the lawsuit alleged that transgender prisoners were housed alongside females in areas where there were no security cameras.
In a different lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Corrections, yet another former inmate at the same prison claimed she was forced to have sex with a male prison guard.
The guard was accused of leading the woman into a bathroom, switching off his body camera, and telling the woman he could make her time at the prison "really good" and that she did not "want to leave with missing teeth."
Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy publicly stated in 2021 that the prison should be closed due to the consistent abuse scandals.
The state's current budget has now allotted $90 million to close the prison.
Projected costs for a new prison are approximately $300 million.
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