Commonwealth Policy Center

The State of New Jersey is learning the hard way that radical policies allowing people to define their own gender have severe consequences. The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility is an all-female institution that houses 800 women. But in 2019, it began admitting men who identify as women. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that two female prisoners became pregnant. This policy change came about from a lawsuit filed by a transgender male who said his rights were violated by being placed in an all-male prison. The court ordered that transgender individuals will not be subject to pat-down or strip searches either. So instead of people getting help for gender dysphoria, a court is endangering the lives of others—specifically the women at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility.