A serious accusation has emerged from the Central California Facility for Women, where a female inmate reported witnessing the aftermath of what she described as a jailhouse rape committed by a transgender inmate. Mimi Le, in a sworn declaration obtained by Reduxx, claims she was among several witnesses to the distressing events that unfolded. This incident raises significant questions about the placement of transgender individuals in women’s prisons, a policy that has been both praised and criticized for its implications on inmate safety.

Le’s testimony indicates that the incident occurred on May 19, when a female inmate was found in a dire state and had to be taken to a medical-administrative building under severe distress. The victim was later transported away on a stretcher in what was described as a “Code 3” alert, signifying her critical condition. The accused, identified by multiple inmates as Jonathan Robertson, who goes by Siyaah Skylit, reportedly has a history of making violent threats, complicating the safety dynamics within the facility.

Policy and Safety Concerns Amidst Rising Tensions

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Pictured are inmates at Central California Women’s Facility. The state has been criticized for its decision to integrate transgenders into women’s facilities

The situation described by Le underscores a broader controversy surrounding the integration of transgender inmates in women’s prisons. Le’s further statements to correctional staff about Robertson’s behavior reveal a disturbing tolerance for threats within the prison walls, only acted upon after significant incidents occur. Despite immediate threats being voiced, it was reported that administrative actions were delayed or insufficient, with higher authorities overruling direct decisions made by onsite staff.

This incident aligns with ongoing reports and concerns highlighted by the Women’s Liberation Front, whose director, Mahri Irvine, spoke to Reduxx about the continuous risk posed to female inmates by male-bodied inmates within female facilities. Statistics from the Bureau of Prisons reflect a troubling pattern, with a high percentage of male inmates identifying as female and convicted of sexual offenses compared to their non-transgender counterparts. Irvine’s call for accountability echoes a growing demand for reassessment of policies that critics argue compromise the safety of women in the correctional system.