DOC spokesperson Keena Blackmon told CNN in a statement the department is “dedicated to the safety and security of all residents in its care and custody.” When she initially arrived in DOC custody, Hinton was placed into “single-occupancy” quarantine for 14 days in accordance with the agency’s Covid-19 protocols, 블랙몬이 말했다.
“Once that quarantine ends, Ms. Hinton will go before the Transgender Housing Committee to determine her housing based on safety needs, housing availability, and gender identity. DC DOC is sensitive to Ms. Hinton’s concerns and will continue to ensure that its residents’ needs are met,” 블랙몬이 말했다.
Committee to determine Hinton’s placement hasn’t met in months
Hinton’s lawsuit states that under DOC’s written policy, the decision whether to house a detained transgender individual in a men’s or women’s unit is “presumptively based on their anatomy,” unless the DOC’s Transgender Housing Committee (THC), a committee tasked with evaluating the vulnerability and safety needs of transgender individuals, recommends otherwise and the warden approves.
하나, the lawsuit alleges that the THC has not met since January 2020, 그리고 그 “for the past 16 개월, transgender individuals in DOC custody have been assigned housing based solely on their anatomy.”
The lawsuit states that “even when the THC does meet, it is not clear that the THC actually can override the DOC’s presumptive placement based on anatomy.”
When Hinton did land in DOC’s custody, the lawsuit states an official with the agency’s Office of General Counsel told Hinton’s attorney she would be housed based on her anatomy.
The official asked Hinton’s attorney if she had “male parts” and then said if Hinton was “anatomically male,” she could only be housed in the men’s unit, 소송 상태.
Hinton’s attorney then called a THC official, 누가 말했다, according to the lawsuit, that the committee determines housing assignments with two factors: whether the individual has had full gender reassignment surgery and whether the individual has had a “heterosexual relationship.”
The lawsuit states that Hinton would feel safer in a woman’s unit “because she knows that transgender women in men’s unit are at risk of sexual violence, including assault or rape.”
The lawsuit also states being in “protective custody” was not a “viable alternative for Ms. 힌튼” 때문에 “conditions in protective custody are uniformly worse than in the general population.” Such an assignment could have a negative impact on Hinton’s mental health, according to the lawsuit.