CHAMPAIGN – A federal judge has ordered three Illinois prison officials to read transcripts from a lawsuit accusing the state prison system of mistreating transgender people, saying she is “concerned” the state agency is not taking the plaintiffs’ complaints seriously, according to The News-Gazette in Champaign.
Judge Nancy Rosenstengel also ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to revamp procedures regarding transgender people, including training for employees and avoiding cross-gender strip searches.
Prison officials are expected to submit a progress report by the Jan. 22 deadline. The lawsuit on behalf of at least five transgender women was filed in 2018.
The judge ordered the prison officials to certify to the court by Thursday the transcript was read.