Due to the First Step Act, sentences are being reviewed and recalculated to address pending Good Conduct Time changes.As a result, an inmate's release date may not be up-to-date.A year later, a corrections officer allegedly coerced her into performing oral sex.And as recently as this year, one of Monroe’s fellow inmates at Pontiac threatened to beat and rape her if she did not have sex with him, according to her lawsuit.“We look forward to the day when every prisoner can feel safe in all of Illinois’ prisons.” Monroe – who was born Andre Patterson – says she’s been subjected to “constant sexual harassment” inside men’s prisons over the past decade, which has resulted in several mental health crises including multiple suicide and self-mutilation attempts.
Prison and jail medical units are over-represented by female staff, creating a number of challenges to avoid 5 danger signs of unhealthy inmate relationships.
The move comes just over a month after she and attorneys from the Mac Arthur Justice Center and the Uptown People’s Law Center filed a lawsuit pushing for the transfer.
“We are glad that Janiah has been moved to a prison where she has a chance to be safe,” Uptown People’s Law Center Executive Director Alan Mills said in a statement.
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