A transgender woman impregnated two female prisoners in a New Jersey women’s facility, compelling officials to transfer her to a separate facility, according to a report released Saturday.
Demi Minor, 27, was transferred last month from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women to the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Burlington County, according to a New Jersey Department of Corrections official.
Minor, who was given a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, is being held in a vulnerable section of the new institution, where she is the only female inmate, according to the spokesperson.
Minor stated on the website Justice 4 Demi on July 15 that she was placed on suicide watch at the new prison “due to the fact that I had hung myself in the van.” She said guards refused her request for a female DOC officer to strip search her.
She said she was momentarily transported to New Jersey State Prison, where she was “called he and him well over 30 times,” adding that “this has not happened to me in years being referred to primarily as a man.”
Minor’s move was made months after it was discovered that she had impregnated two female convicts while detained at the female prison after participating in “consensual sexual relationships with another incarcerated person.”
New Jersey implemented a regulation in 2021 that allows convicts to be placed according to their desired gender identification. The provision, which must be in effect for at least a year, is part of an agreement from a civil rights lawsuit filed by a woman who was forced to reside in men’s jails for 18 months.
According to the DOC, the policy is still in effect, but “the department is currently reviewing the policy for housing transgender incarcerated persons with the intention of implementing minor modifications.”
According to the site, Minor will be eligible for parole in 2037.