Female inmates sue Sheriff’s Office for housing them with male — who identifies as female

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:05pm

Two female former inmates have sued the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly housing them with a male.

The case revolves around Carla Brenner, who identifies as a woman but claims to have male anatomy. Brenner sued DCSO last year for wrongly sending her to the female ward.

Merinda Waller and Shellby Horton, two of Brenner’s former cellmates, filed their suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee earlier this month. They claim being housed with a male was “unconscionably cruel and unusual punishment.”

The suit claims Waller and Horton were subjected to multiple strip searches in front of Brenner. They also contend that DCSO employees lied to them about Brenner’s classification, insisting that she was a female.

“The stress, anxiety, distress, verbal and physical abuse, fear of not knowing what was going to happen to them, and adjustment to confinement with a male resulted in trauma and extreme pressure for the Plaintiffs,” the suit states.

The suit asks for $2 million in damages each for Waller and Horton.

Brenner, Waller and Horton are being represented by Nashville attorney James D. Roberts Jr.

9 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 5/22/13 at 11:41

Diversity comes with a lot of complex issues.

By: govskeptic on 5/23/13 at 7:05

There are private employers having to handle this same situation as well, with
just as many associated problems. At a Private employer, however, you can
walk away when they tell you to accept it or not, prisoners don't have that privilege.

By: FCappas on 5/23/13 at 7:40

A male is a male and a female is a female regardless of how they feel or dress. Put his @ss back in a male jail.

By: budlight on 5/23/13 at 8:21

Raspy, Perversion comes with a lot of complex issues. I would sue also. this Gender identity crisis has gone too far. If you have male parts, get over it - be a male. If you have female parts, same applies. I hope the women win and these gov-ment dictators have to pay up. Obama is one of the worst ones. He is ruining our country with his over reach. Got to go.

By: Libertine on 5/23/13 at 12:45

No one from the left checking in on this one?

By: amyinsparta on 5/23/13 at 5:32

Easy for you to say, budlight. There but for an accident of birth go you. And your god did not bless you by giving you male feelings to go with your male anatomy. You haven't a clue as to how those people feel who must live with this. But that doesn't keep you from judging them, does it? The problem with all sexual matters is that most people are ignorant and steeped in useless religious sanctions against people who have no control over how they are born. It isn't something a person chooses. It is chosen for him/her in the DNA he/she inherits. The next time you want to judge, give yourself a break and THINK, if it's even possible for you to do so.

By: budlight on 5/24/13 at 3:52

I know that there is no reason for a male to be placed in the population of a prison with females and I don't blame these women for suing. A man who thinks he's a woman so he can be populated with females -- sounds like a made for Hallmark movie. Who's to say he's telling the truth about his "feelings"? No one but HIM and God really knows for sure. Sorry, I don't buy your argument amyinsparta. And you are judgemental also, so don't point your liberal f inger at me.

By: Libertine on 5/24/13 at 7:19

So what is your solution to this problem Amy?

By: budlight on 5/26/13 at 8:12

Libertine, notice the response. Amy has no solution. Do you, Amy? And people do have control over their behavior. They make choices, now don't they?