Strawberry's Day In Court
Strawberry Hampton, who is incarcerated in Logan Correctional Facility, Il, for crimes of poverty, has faced severe abuse both as a transgender inmate and as a whistleblower facing retaliation for filing PREA reports for both herself and other women.
She fought to get transferred out of a men's prison, and succeeded, but in Logan she has received death threats from COs, been denied the education and mental health services the judge ordered the prison to provide to her, had her teeth broken, and been put in segregation/isolation for speaking out. She now has a civil suit against IDOC officials for these abuses which would set precedent for other inmates and hopefully move her closer to her release.
Her story has been covered by Angie Leventis of the Chicago Tribune, been written about in the advocacy of the MacArthur Justice Center, and some of the more recent events are described in human rights alerts at https://www.instagram.com/p/Cm_zF7lLfCb/
We are raising funds to cover her court fees, to get documentation and retain legal services, which is time-sensitive as her case is in the discovery phase.
Here is some of the legal documentation that we can safely share, from Judge Darrow who is presiding over this case:
This civil suit is her best chance to make her situation safer and we thank you for any amount of support you can offer.
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