Transgender Woman Released From Illinois Prison After Long Battle


Strawberry Hampton, 28, poses with her attorney, Vanessa Del Valle, after being released from the Logan Correctional Center, a women’s prison in central Illinois, on Monday, July 8.

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A transgender woman who garnered national attention after making abuse allegations against guards and inmates at multiple Illinois men’s prisons is now free following a public campaign for her release.

Strawberry Hampton was housed at four different Illinois Department of Corrections men’s facilities. She said she faced repeated physical, verbal and sexual abuse from guards and fellow prisoners. Hampton accused staff at Pinckneyville Correctional Center of forcing her to have sex with her cellmate for their entertainment, according to court filings.

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