LeslieAnn Manning is a man who identifies as a transgender woman. In 1991, Manning was convicted of attempted murder after “firing a gun at a police car in a traffic-stop-turned chase” and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. Since entering prison, Manning grew his hair out, legally changed his name, started taking hormones, and “secured the right to wear feminine underwear beneath [his] prison uniform.” In January 2015, Manning filed a lawsuit alleging another inmate had raped him two years prior, and that the at Sullivan Correctional Facility had violated his constitutional rights “by failing to take adequate steps to protect [him] from rape.”
In February 2018, Manning and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which manages Sullivan Correctional Facility, reached a settlement in the lawsuit, awarding Manning $100,000 in damages. According to Manning’s attorneys, the settlement is “one of largest amounts ever awarded for a failure to protect case involving a trans prisoner alleging rape or sexual assault, and also the first settlement paid to a New York state prisoner for sexual abuse.” Additionally, Manning has been moved from Sullivan and is currently housed at Wende Correctional Facility, a men’s prison near Buffalo, NY from which he previously escaped. Manning is eligible for parole in 2019.