Attorneys for Ashley Alton Diamond say she needs to be moved from her current prison facility because the state prison cannot keep her safe.
The Baldwin State Prison inmate filed a suit against the Milledgeville correctional facility in February, requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice step in and ensure she receive her hormone treatments after the Georgia Department of Corrections abruptly stopped administering her treatment. Additionally, Diamond requested a housing transfer after being raped multiple times.
The Department of Justice ruled that the state of Georgia cannot deny hormone therapy that was already in progress when Diamond entered the system and now, lawyers with the Southern Poverty Law Center are ensuring Diamonds treatment goes as planned.
Now, Diamond is facing more issues. On June 10th, Diamond alleges she was raped while being house at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville – a male facility – while traveling to Augusta for a medical appointment.
The report says,
Diamond alleges that her cellmate sexually assaulted her. Investigators are trying to determine whether the incident was captured on video, and an independent investigation into her Prison Rape Elimination Act complaint is underway.
Later, when being driven together to Rutledge State Prison in Columbus, Diamond’s alleged attacker threatened her about saying anything.
Diamond reported the alleged assault to officials in Columbus, and the prisoner was housed in “segregation” until he was relocated to another facility weeks later.
Diamond alleges that the prison’s warden told inmates about the incident, including information identifying her alleged attacker. The warden denies the allegations.
Diamond also alleges that she was labeled “a snitch” by other inmates because of the warden’s statements, and that she’s been pressured — and threatened — by inmates to withdraw her complaint.
No one from the Department of Corrections has commented on the incident.
Diamond was born a man but identifies as a woman, and has been since the start of her incarceration in 2012. Arrested and convicted of theft, obstruction, and escape in Floyd County, Diamond is looking at a prison sentence that could carry well on into 2023.