Latandra Ellington wrote a letter to her aunt from the Lowell Correctional Institution in Florida, saying, “He told me he’s going to beat me death. He was all in my face, then he grabbed his radio and said he was going to bust me in the head with it.” The 36-year-old African American inmate was extremely afraid of a Male correctional officer. Ten day after she wrote the letter, on October 1, 2014 Ellington was found dead from force trauma in her abdomen consistent with being kicked or punched.
Ellington’s killer has not been brought to justice.
Female inmates are raped by Male prison guards in prison; Female prion guards are raped by Male inmates in prison. There are good reasons for sex-segregated prisons. These reasons are never discussed when a Male inmate identifies as a Woman and seeks access of a Women’s prison. Equal employment opportunity laws prevent consideration of an employee’s sex with regard to employment in a prison for the opposite sex, but the same concern exists: male violence.