We would like to bring your attention to a matter of utmost urgency concerning Bambi Nicole King, a transgender inmate currently incarcerated at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Indiana.
On a recent call, Bambi described a deeply troubling situation she has been enduring for several months. Bambi revealed that since April 2023, the Indiana Department of Corrections implemented a statewide policy aimed at safeguarding the rights and well-being of transgender incarcerated individuals. However, the administration at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, where Bambi is incarcerated, has shown a blatant disregard for this policy, leaving her and other transgender inmates vulnerable to harassment and discrimination.
Bambi’s harrowing account includes instances of sexual harassment by correctional officers, which have led to significant psychological and emotional trauma. She detailed how she is subjected to daily strip searches by male officers, who demean and humiliate her. When she courageously approached the new major about this ongoing abuse, his response was nothing short of dismissive, further exacerbating her plight.
Moreover, Bambi shared that she has been targeted by her fellow inmates and even her supervisor in the prison’s kitchen, where she works. She was subjected to religious discrimination and offensive comments about her identity, adding to her emotional distress.
It is deeply concerning that Bambi and other LGBTQ+ inmates are enduring such deplorable treatment within the prison system. This is not only a violation of their basic human rights but also a reflection of systemic issues within the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Bambi has expressed her urgent need for support from advocates outside the prison walls. If you are willing to assist in her fight for justice and challenge the systemic issues within the Indiana Department of Corrections, please reach out to her at the following address:
Bambi Nicole King (Miss Roger King #50624)
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 1111
Carlisle, Indiana 47838
Bambi’s voice if heard will be strong enough to bring about the necessary change. With your support, we can work towards ensuring that transgender and LGBTQ+ inmates are treated with dignity and respect, as they deserve.
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Prison Radio Staff