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State prepares to move transgender inmate to women’s prison

Natalie Matthews, WRAL digital journalistMay 25, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced Friday that it plans to transfer a transgender inmate to a women’s prison by Aug. 22.

Kanautica Zayre-Brown, 37, began a series of surgeries in 2012 to transition to a woman. In October 2017, she was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for insurance fraud and other crimes.

Zayre-Brown was initially housed at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, where she slept in an open room with 37 men and shared a community shower and bathroom with them.

After she requested to be moved to a women’s prison, DPS moved her in March to Warren Correctional Institution in Manson, where she has been housed in a single cell as opposed to an open dormitory, according to DPS spokesman John Bull.

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