Trans inmate deserved better treatment

I was incredibly disappointed to read the unsympathetic coverage on Monroe Correctional Complex inmate Jennifer Jaylee (“Trans inmate says Monroe prison staff retaliated over safety concerns,” The Herald, May 11). After being accused with no evidence of abusing and killing a rabbit, she was punished for fighting back. Life is already incredibly difficult for transgender inmates such as Jaylee. She is a woman being held in a men’s prison, no amount of the alleged makeup and hygiene products provided can negate the harassment that trans prisoners face just for being trans.

I believe The Herald should take a firm stance in support of Jaylee. Her treatment has been beyond unjust. A prisoner should be able to combat false accusations without fear of 10 months in solitary confinement, a punishment that is already inhumane as it is, and a transfer to a prison across the state. They should be easily allowed to be housed in a prison that corresponds with their gender. This should not be divisive.

Carmen Azpiri

Arlington

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