Like many, once in “the box” Geri received additional tickets, and she ended up spending four years there.
Sexual assaults by prison staff As Geri’s story suggests, the most significant factor that lands transwomen in protective custody is actual or perceived risk of sexual violence.
Over the past several months, Solitary Watch has been in contact with seven transgender women currently or formerly incarcerated in New York’s men’s correctional facilities.
She wrote:“[W]hile I fought, I was quickly beaten to shower floor. Geri explained that after her assailants left, she cleaned herself up and scrubbed the floor, all the while hoping she could get back to her cell without COs noting the incident.
But as she crossed the recreation yard, a guard noticed she was bleeding; she taken to the facility hospital, where she was swabbed and her boxers confiscated.
They each described enduring long-term solitary confinement as a result of identifying or being perceived as female/feminine instead of male, the sex they were assigned at birth.
And about half of the transwomen interviewed by Solitary Watch specifically disclosed being sexually assaulted by guards in isolation, and described the psychological distress of enduring such brutality while locked up alone.