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Transgender inmate sues Illinois corrections department

Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois. Supreme Court rulings that banned juvenile life sentences don't affect dozens of offenders who received long prison terms short of life. | Sun-Times file photo

CHICAGO — A transgender inmate who Illinois authorities agreed to move from one male prison where she says she was abused says abuse has continued at her new location in another male prison, causing her such despair she’s tried to kill herself.

The accusations come in a federal lawsuit filed in southern Illinois Thursday for 27-year-old Deon Hampton against Illinois’ Department of Corrections. Hampton, who goes by “Strawberry,” is serving a 10-year burglary sentence.

She’s seeking to become one of the state’s first transgender women to be granted a transfer to an all-female prison. The IDOC couldn’t immediately say if there’s been a decision on the request and declined comment on the lawsuit.

Hampton was transferred to the Lawrence Correctional Center in January from Menard under an agreement in a separate lawsuit.