Two inmates at a women’s New Jersey jail are pregnant after having sex with transgender inmates.
The pregnant women are housed at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, New Jersey, which is set to be closed in the near future.
The Daily Mail reports that prison officials say the sex was consensual in both cases, and that it has not been made public if the sex was with one or two different inmates. It is also unknown if the women will be aborting the babies, or what trimester they are in.
The jail houses over 800 women and 27 transgender prisoners.
Officials say that an investigation has been launched.
The Mail reports that the facility began housing transgender people last year. This includes those who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.
The women were housed after several lawsuits were brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.
The ACLU director Jeanne LoCicero said that the policy ensured that the rights of trans prisoners were not infringed upon. [It’s] in line with New Jersey’s strong anti-discrimination laws that prevent discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender identity,’ she told local news outlet NJ.com.
The Department of Corrections for New Jersey said that it cannot comment on any disciplinary or housing decisions.
‘While DOC cannot comment on any specific disciplinary or housing decisions that may be considered in light of these events, the Department always reserves all options to ensure the health and safety of the individuals in its custody,’ Dan Sperrazza, the Doc’s external affairs executive director, said.
Two Edna Mahan prisoners filed a lawsuit seeking for the gender identity policy to be revoked, and were allegedly harassed by transgender prisoners, the Daily Mail reports.
“The women also claimed the transgender inmates were engaging in sexual activity with cisgender prisoners,” they write.
The union representing correctional officers said in a statement that they oppose the policy, and believed from the beginning that it would be detrimental to the general population of female inmates. “We opposed this policy change believing it would be detrimental to the general population of female inmates being housed at Edna Mahan and also bring added stress to our correctional police officers assigned to this institution,” the union’s president told NJ.com.