Trans inmate taunted and held in solitary for 66 days while prison decided whether she was female

A trans woman named Sandy Brown won a legal victory after she spent 66 days in solitary confinement at a Maryland detention facility. This was the first successful prosecution of a case for a trans inmate filing suit under PREA advocates say.
News Story (Maryland)

David Ferguson
Raw Story
September 24, 2015

Tags: LGBTQ, Prisoners Rights, Solitary Confinement

Organizations mentioned/involved: FreeState Justice (MD)


Brown obtained Welter’s legal help through the FreeState Legal Project, an organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to low-income LGBT people.

The Associated Press reported that Brown was released from solitary after a humiliating, months-long ordeal. Patuxent is considered a short-term stay facility, but the penal system’s reluctance to handle Brown as a female inmate meant that she was detained at the facility far longer than normal and kept away from other inmates.

“Ordinarily these evaluations take 30 days at most,” Welter told Think Progress. “Ms. Brown’s went much more quickly, but she remained there actually until she filed this complaint.”