Judge: Illinois prisons must reform transgender inmate treatment

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CHICAGO (AP) | Illinois prisons must undergo wide reforms in the treatment of transgender inmates, including training for employees and avoiding cross-gender strip searches, under a court order earlier this month.

The order stems from a 2018 lawsuit filed on behalf of five transgender women who said they weren’t provided with appropriate treatment while in custody.

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Wisconsin prison warden posts memes comparing rainbow flag to Confederate flag, Muslims to garbage

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Richard Schneiter, deputy warden. (Photo from Wisconsin Department of Corrections)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) | A Wisconsin prison official has been posting Facebook memes comparing Muslim children to garbage and flying the LGBTQ rainbow flag with flying the Confederate flag.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Deputy Warden Richard Schneiter in June posted a meme of two black garbage bags next to a Muslim woman and child in black burqas and a caption saying the woman had three beautiful children.

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Illinois state prisons told to develop training on transgender issues

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) | A federal judge in Southern Illinois is ordering state prison officials to develop training for all staff on transgender issues.

The order handed down last week by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a transgender prison inmate that claims repeated abuse and sexual assaults involving guards and inmates. As part of her order, Rosenstengel also directed state prison officials to re-evaluate Deon “Strawberry” Hampton’s previously denied request for transfer.

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Former Michigan corrections officer sues over discrimination

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HOWELL, Mich. (AP)| A former Michigan corrections officer has sued the state Department of Corrections, alleging the agency discriminated against her based on sexual orientation and race.

Ashley Menchaca, who is Hispanic and gay, worked at Woodland Center Facility in Whitmore Lake from January 2016 until she resigned May 2017, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus reported. The original complaint was filed in March and then amended in June to list the corrections department as the sole defendant.

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Transgender prison worker files complaint against Department of Corrections

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Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — A transgender prison worker filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on July 21 saying state Department of Corrections officials violated his constitutional rights by refusing to allow him to use the men’s bathroom and showers at work.

Jesse Vroegh has worked for the state since 2009 and is a nurse at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. The 34-year-old says he’s been required to use a unisex private restroom that doesn’t have a shower, preventing him from showering at work if needed, a benefit others have. He also is challenging denial of medical treatment and procedures including chest surgery by his state-provided insurer.

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