A serial killer whose victims were all women and a registered sex offender who raped a female minor were among the six males transferred to the prison.
In the state of Washington, convicted male felons who identify as women have been transferred to the Washington Corrections Center for Women, formerly the only women-only prison in the state, and have in some cases sexually exploited the female inmates residing there.
The policy, which was effectively rubber-stamped by Washington’s Democratic governor Jay Inslee, has not yet been codified into law as it has in California, but the practice is already wreaking havoc across the state’s prison system, former and current employees at the Washington Corrections Center for Women tell National Review.
Male convicts can be admitted into the women’s prison, located in Seattle, if an administrative panel accepts their gender dysphoria diagnosis, KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show previously reported.
The Washington Department of Corrections maintains that transgender applicants must make a compelling case justifying their request to be housed at a female prison, but the burden of proof is quite low in practice, according to Scott Fleming, a former guard at the prison who was recently fired for refusing to get vaccinated.
“The only prerequisite is that the men must identify as female. They aren’t required to have had reassignment surgery, don’t need to be in the process of transitioning, nor do they have to be on a hormone regimen. The only requirement is that they must proclaim to identify as a woman,” he tells National Review.
“Washington State Department of Corrections has established procedures to ensure equitable treatment of transgender, intersex, and/or gender non-conforming individuals when conducting intake screening and determining housing classification, programming, and supervision. If they identify as transgender, intersex, and/or gender non-conforming, they are evaluated appropriately per this policy,” the Washington department of corrections said in a statement to the Dori Monson Show.
A serial killer whose victims were all women and a registered sex offender who raped a female minor before transitioning were among the six male criminals who were transferred to the prison during Fleming’s tenure.
Prisoner Donna Perry, formerly known as Douglas Perry, was convicted of killing three sex workers. Before being charged, Perry reportedly traveled to Thailand to undergo gender-reassignment surgery. Prosecutors argued in court that Perry had the procedures done to avoid suspicion for the murders he committed.
Another inmate, Princess Zoee Marie Andromeda Love, formerly known as Hobby Bingham, was sentenced to jail time after he was found guilty of having sex with a twelve-year-old girl. After claiming to be a woman, Andromeda Love successfully secured a transfer to the women’s prison.
One day on the job, Fleming says, a fellow officer told him that she discovered Andromeda Love and a developmentally disabled female inmate in bed together, unclothed. The woman, Heather Lee Ann Trent, is a victim of sexual assault and had been housed in the prison’s mental-health unit. She had the disposition of a young child, Fleming adds. He says that the pair had been roommates for a week before they were caught.
According to an incident summary obtained by National Review, Andromeda Love tried to convince Trent that they were “soulmates.” It was presumed that they had sexual intercourse, Fleming says, as the disabled inmate frequently mentioned to other occupants that she often performed fellatio on him. Given that all sexual relations are considered nonconsensual by default within the prison system, Trent was technically raped, according to the Women’s Liberation Front. Fleming tells National Review that his observation of their relationship was “a predator/victim interaction, post-assault” rather than ” two inmates in love, after having consensual intercourse.”
The officer who apprehended the two issued an infraction, which she saved on her computer hard-drive, Fleming says. About a month later, the officer noticed that the infraction had been wiped from her work computer, according to Fleming.
Fleming claims the suspicious incident coincided with the launch of a lawsuit by a transgender advocacy group, Disability Rights Washington (DRW), and other counter-parties against the Washington Department of Corrections. Suing on behalf of currently and formerly incarcerated transgender individuals, the organization argued that the Department of Corrections had unlawfully leaked information about inmates’ gender identities to media outlets, such as the Dori Monson Show.
Prison staff effectively covered up the alleged rape by not administering a rape kit or filing an incident report to document the event, Fleming says.
“It was highly irresponsible for the state to house them together in the same cell. Let me reiterate that this is just the beginning, as there are upwards of 150 more inmates set to come from male facilities statewide. . . . This rape is simply a symptom of a much larger problem, housing men with full-functioning male genitalia, in a women’s facility,” Fleming says.
The prison did not respond when asked about the alleged assault.
While he stipulated that some inmates at the facility suffered from legitimate gender dysphoria, Fleming says that he knew of others who abused the system just so they could be housed with women.
“Washington state is at fault. It left these loopholes open, and the transfers were smart enough to figure it out. They’re taking advantage of the situation the state of Washington created,” he says.
Fleming says he had many conversations and established a good rapport with Andromeda Love when their paths crossed at the Seattle women’s prison. After Trent, the developmentally disabled woman, was released from prison, Fleming says that Andromeda Love was moved to a new cell with a different female inmate. One day, Andromeda Love walked by Fleming, making hand signals suggesting that he would “make it rain with money,” referring to the settlement the Department of Corrections would pay female prisoners who sue for getting impregnated in jail. Andromeda Love reportedly said of his new roommate, “We’re going to make a billion-dollar baby and split it when we get out,” Fleming claims.
The female inmates at the facility treated Andromeda Love as a man, referring to him with male pronouns, Fleming claims. On the day Andromeda Love was released from prison, he cut his hair short and started calling himself a man again, Fleming learned from multiple inmates including his cellmate.
Another former corrections officer at the Seattle women’s prison, who chose to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, corroborates Fleming’s assessment of the transgender transfer policy.
“This is the only female prison in Washington state. We’ve been told that most of the women who are in prison are coming from an abusive background and most of the time it’s the male figure that is the abuser. Now this facility is bringing men who identify as women into the prison. It’s a conflict of interest. The female inmates are concerned because now you’re jeopardizing their safety. These abuses go on behind the scenes and they turn a blind eye,” the former officer says.
While advocates of the policy say that these individuals deserve accommodation according to their gender preference, so that they can feel safe from aggression and rejection, critics, including some staunch feminists, insist that it all but guarantees the exploitation of women.
Kara Dansky, president of the U.S. chapter of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign, argues that it is by design that jails separate female offenders from their male counterparts. She commented on the situation in California, where a similar transgender policy is enshrined in law.
“This ought to be a nationwide scandal,” Dansky tells National Review.
“International law and basic human decency require that male and female prisoners be housed in separate facilities. SB 132 is in blatant violation of international human-rights norms.”
She says that SB 132, which goes into effect in January, demonstrates the state of California’s willingness to put a vulnerable demographic in harm’s way, “by locking them in a cell with a proven predator, with zero accountability or repercussion for the perpetrator.” Since the law was passed, nearly 300 transfer requests have been submitted in the California prison system.
The Central California Women’s Facility made headlines after the Women’s Liberation Front discovered that the center’s medical clinic was distributing birth control, including condoms and emergency contraceptives, to female inmates in anticipation of pregnancies resulting from transgender relocations. Posters in medical rooms reportedly advertised resources available to “pregnant people,” including prenatal care, abortion, and adoption.
Dansky says that what’s most frustrating to her is that the radical leftists championing the new rule seem to recognize that it defies science. In providing birth control, which prevents reproduction that is only possible through insemination by a male, the California prison tacitly admits that the transgender newcomers are, in fact, biological men, Dansky says.
“The fact that California prison officials are handing out contraceptives is an acknowledgment that they understand that these prisoners are men,” Dansky notes. “If the prisoners being transferred were women, pregnancy would not be a concern. These prison officials know exactly what they are doing.”