Female inmates from the Washington State Corrections Center for Women said that male inmates allegedly abuse the system by pretending to be transgender, forcing women to go to extraordinary measures to avoid being jailed in a room with them.
According to the
, investigative reporter James O'Keefe released a video on Thursday April 13, 2023, purporting to show interviews with two female inmates from the WCCW. The women said that there are male rapists and murderers pretending to be transgender to get admitted into the female institution.
“So, we have men rapists, men murderers, child rapists, men who have killed women and are in prison for raping and killing women who get put in our rooms,” the first woman claimed.
“Imagine coming into your room one day and you’re in closed custody and you turn around and there is a man standing there peeing in the toilet because you have the bathroom in your [closed custody unity]. There is nothing you can do," she added.
“Some of these men are not confused; they’re just manipulating the system. It’s not equal, because we don’t get the same care and treatment that the trans get in here," she continued.
The women's prison has been called “the tip of the spear with inclusivity in the prison system," by O'Keefe, as it has been previously at the center of controversies involving transgender inmates.
In December 2022, a man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl was reportedly
transferred to the same women's prison
facility after "sometimes" identifying as transgender. The man claimed he feared "male aggression" at another prison and therefore was moved into the WCCW.
“They cater to the trans community," the unidentified inmate said. "All you have to do is say that you are a woman, that you now, when you’re in county, say that you identify as a woman, and you can come straight to here from county. The guys don’t even have to go to the men’s prison first," she explained.
\u201cJAILHOUSE FOOTAGE: Male Inmates in Womens' Prison Claiming to be Transgender.\n\n"Rapists, Murderers, Child Rapists, and Men Who Have Killed Women in Our Rooms"\n\n#MillionDollarBaby\u201d
The female added that the women are reprimanded if they refuse to be housed with a man, and the only way to leave the confinement is to be placed on suicide watch.
“There’s nothing you can do but say you’re going to kill yourself and then go down to the crazy unit to get out of that room,” she said. "If you refuse to go back in there, you get a major, you get in trouble.”
A second female inmate told reporters that she has allegedly heard men in the prison discuss intentionally getting a woman pregnant in order to file a lawsuit.
“I’ve heard some of these men talk about how they would want to get a girl pregnant so that the girl could form a lawsuit against WCCW and say that he raped her and he’s willing to go along with it. He’s pretty much the mastermind behind his own scandal.”
The inmate said that they refer to it as a "‘million dollar baby’ play.”
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