For the past two years the Prison Law Blog has assisted pro se, transgender litigant Ashley Jean Arnold (given name Steven Arnold) with litigation against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for failure to treat her Gender Identity Disorder in line with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care. The WPATH Standards of Care are the only standards in existence for the treatment of Gender Identity Disorder, which is also called Gender Dysphoria and Gender Incongruence.
A Pattern of Retaliation
Since Ashley filed her suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in July 2013, employees of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FCI Petersburg have repeatedly retaliated against her by filing repetitive, malicious and baseless incident reports, targeting Ashley and her cell for shakedowns and other searches, firing her from her Psychology Department work detail, and making derogatory comments to fellow inmates concerning Ashley's transgender status. While the other transgender inmates at FCI Petersburg have received some level of intimidation and enhanced attention from prison staff, Ashley's mistreatment has been particularly offensive and bold. This is the reason for the Prison Law Blog has decided to go public with what is currently transpiring.
The First Two Incident Reports
The blatant retaliation commenced on June 26, when Ashley's primary protagonist, Drug Treatment Specialist Rice, issued the first of two incident reports against her: one for insolence and the other for interfering with a locking device. We at the Prison Law Blog strongly condemn both incident reports as pure fabrications and outright retaliation for filing suit in her United States District Court case.
The circumstances surrounding the insolence incident report concerned another Psychology Department orderly yelling at DTS Rice, an incident that Ashley was present for, but did not participate in. Ashley was the only inmate to receive an incident report. We view this as additional proof of the targeted retaliation.Read More