EAST ST. LOUIS — A transgender inmate at the Greenville prison is suing a prison doctor, counselor, case manager and other prison personnel, citing alleged transgender discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Anthony Johnson filed a complaint on Feb. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Dr. Douglas Kruse, counselor Zelda Bell and seven others, including wardens and officers, alleging that they failed their duty to provide plaintiff's right to safe condition of confinement in prison.
According to the complaint, Johnson alleges that since imprisonment in July 2012, she was subjected to numerous verbal threats, humiliation and physical assault from fellow inmates. Plaintiff routinely informed defendants of the threats, but the harassment and intimidation continued because of her transgender status, the suit claims. As a result, Johnson claims she suffered physical injuries, distress and pain.
The plaintiff holds defendants responsible because the prison staff allegedly failed to treat plaintiff the same as other inmates, disclosed plaintiff's HIV-positive status to other inmates, failed to provide safe housing for transgender inmates and failed to adequately train employees about transgender inmates.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks award for monetary damages, costs, reasonable attorneys' fees and such further relief as the court deems appropriate.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3.17-cv-00237