Two women become pregnant in women’s prison after having sex with another transgender prisoner
Two women inmates at Edna Mahan Prison, New Jersey’s only state prison for women, have become pregnant after having consensual sex with a transgender inmate. As the state Department of Corrections (DOC) told NJ Advance Media, the inmates engaged in “consensual sex with another incarcerated person.”
The DOC’s executive director of external affairs, Dan Sperrazza, said investigations into the case are ongoing. At the moment, it is unclear what stage of pregnancy the two inmates are in. The two women are serving time in this correctional facility that houses a total of 800 fellow inmates, including 27 transgender women.
In 2021, New Jersey enacted a policy to allow prisoners to be housed according to their preferred gender identity. The policy was part of a settlement of a civil rights lawsuit filed by a woman forced to live in all-male prisons for 18 months.
Last year, a high-ranking officer was charged last year with raping a female inmate. Previously, in June, Gov. Phil Murphy announced he would close that prison after a series of charges of sexual abuse and violent raids by guards.