Shiloh Heavenly Quine is the first US prisoner to be granted a sex change operation at the expense of taxpayers. Now, the CDCR inmate says she’s being tortured on the inside.
Court documents filed on Quine’s behalf reveal the details of her ordeal. The 56-year-old convicted killer, who’s been serving time since 1981, was transferred from a California men’s prison last month.
Now the distressed inmate is doing her prison bid at the Central California Women’s facility. There, she’s completely isolated from other inmates. It’s been that way since she transitioned.
Now, the Associated Press reports that the isolation is causing Quine to suffer from depression and anxiety. She’s confined to a separate cell. However, she still doesn’t have the privacy she needs to “perform required intimate post-operative procedures.”
Quine said the prison’s razor ban has drastically affected her transition process, citing that the restriction has “no legitimate penological objective” other than to further harass inmates.
But Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said providing razors to inmates is a legitimate safety hazard, and holds true in most other facilities. Razors and other objects are banned entirely until officials have evaluated the person and are certain they will not harm themselves or others.
“It’s a very thorough process, which is why it can take a while. But it’s a process every inmate goes through … There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to male and female inmates,” Thornton said.
State officials believe Quine has been fairly treated under the standard regulations of prisoners, while her attorneys at the nonprofit Transgender Law Center have not returned repeated calls and emails inquiring about the matter.
Quine was originally known as Rodney James in the kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old Shahid Ali Baig, alongside an accomplice.
According to the Daily News, Quine previously attempted to amputate her genitalia. She also tried to hang herself in prison five times since 2014, prior to her surgery approval from the state of California.