A transgender inmate who made two other inmates pregnant at New Jersey’s only women’s prison has been transferred to a men’s prison and is being held in a vulnerable unit.
Demi Minor was transferred last month from New Jersey’s Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton to Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Burlington County, according to Dan Sperrazza, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Corrections (NJDOC).
Ms Perrazza stated that Ms Minor, who is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, is the only woman incarcerated at the facility and has been assigned to the vulnerable unit.
According to Fox News, two women at the Edna Mahan facility became pregnant after “consensual sexual relationships with another incarcerated person” in April.
The facility is allowed to hold trans women inmates who have yet to undergo gender-reassignment surgery under New Jersey’s policy.
It houses over 800 inmates and began housing transgender women last year following a lawsuit filed by a trans inmate who had spent 18 months in men’s prisons and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.
Last year, two Edna Mahan inmates filed a lawsuit asking New Jersey to repeal its prison gender identity policy, claiming they were harassed by trans inmates and that transgender inmates were having sex with female prisoners.
Demi Minor was a 16-year-old boy who was convicted of murder and carjacking at the time she was imprisoned. In July 2011, he murdered his foster father, Theotis Butts, under the alias Demetrius Minor.
In the same year, he pleaded guilty to the crime and a carjacking. As a result, he received a 30-year prison sentence.
Demetrius Minor began his transition to a female prisoner in 2020, and Ms Minor was then transferred from a male prison to Edna Mahan. Her name was also changed from Demetrius to Demi to reflect her assumed gender.
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