Washington Free Beacon
Female inmates in California’s prisons have been sexually assaulted by male inmates who identify as women. In response, the state has tightened restrictions on biologically female prisoners.
Since 2021, California has allowed 47 male prisoners who identify as transgender or “nonbinary,” many of whom do not even attempt to appear female, to transfer to women’s prisons. While the state has not disclosed how many of these male transfers have attacked female prisoners, a legal challenge from female inmates reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon reveals the troubling real-world impact of California’s progressive policy.
Faced with the prospect of unruly biologically male inmates, California prisons increased restrictions on movement in women’s prisons. Guards now carry stronger pepper sprays for the times they need to break up unruly behavior. Women’s prisons installed condom dispensers, a tacit admission that transgender inmates are raping female inmates. Female prisoners recount guards ignoring reports of sexual assault and rape threats from male inmates—and some say guards punished them for reporting the harassment.