New Jersey prison officials have transferred a biological male away from a women’s prison after two female inmates became pregnant. Transgender prisoner Demi Minor — formerly Demitrius — is doing 30 years for killing his foster father and a carjacking.
Officials sent a biological male to a women’s prison and now must act surprised with the aftermath. Officials say the intimate relations were “consensual” and with “another incarcerated person.”
In 2021, New Jersey implemented a new policy allowing prisoners to be housed in line with their gender identity. It followed a self-identified woman’s civil rights suit over having to reside in men’s prisons for 18 months.
Is anyone surprised at this result?
One of the pregnant inmates is serving a life sentence for a double murder of a couple as they returned from their engagement celebration. The expectant mother, 31-year-old Latonia Bellamy, is expected to deliver her baby in 2-3 months.
Bellamy wrote in an online journal that “we found love in a hopeless place.” She said she wishes for a second chance but her “teens, twenties, and thirties are withering away behind four walls.”
The prison where the now-pregnant inmates are held, the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, is set for closure after a long history of sexual assault scandals. An incident last year led to 15 officers at the prison being criminally charged.
It is the only state facility for women. And there are currently 27 transgender women housed there out of the over 800 inmates.
Minor, 27, has been transferred to the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. She is the only woman being held at the facility and reportedly is being held in the “vulnerable” unit. She complained that the other women who are now pregnant are being held in solitary confinement.
The inmate has a website, Justice 4 Demi, on which she posted that she was beaten by corrections officers during the transfer.
The head of the state’s largest union of correctional officers, William Sullivan, said that in 2019 an injunction was filed to head off these issues. He said the group “cautioned this would probably end up badly, meaning with pregnancies.” And it did.