Illinois prison officials are being accused of letting a transgender inmate be harassed and assaulted.
Strawberry Hampton is 27 years old, and her lawyers say she’s lived as a woman since the age of 5. But the Department of Corrections classifies her as a male, named Deon Hampton — in keeping with Hampton’s birth certificate.
That’s meant housing Hampton in a series of all-male prisons.
Attorney Alan Mills, with the Uptown People’s Law Center, says Hampton has repeatedly been assaulted, by both guards and inmates.