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Louis, to help the court decide whether to order the transfer.

The hearing, which will last several days, is focused on Hampton's gender identity and on whether she could pose a risk to female inmates if moved.

Their deaths speak of the difficulties that transgender people face behind bars.

The ongoing inquest into Thompson’s death sheds some light onto those experiences.

And nearly 40 per cent reported being victims of sexual misconduct by other inmates and guards — compared to around 4 per cent of the general prison reporting such abuse.

Some prisons and jails nationwide have faced similar legal challenges.

In 2013, various newspapers wrongly reported that Baker had received gender confirmation surgery paid for by the NHS – sensationalist and transphobic coverage that Baker challenges in her book.

Instead, she says that a gender identity clinic denied her both a diagnosis of gender dysphoria and any treatment while she is in prison.

Baker’s personal story of life behind bars is shared in the book’s postscript.

She describes in detail the discrimination, verbal, physical and sexual abuse that she has experienced since coming out as trans while in prison. Complaints she has made about her treatment have fallen on deaf ears.

Having a court decide where to send Hampton and other transgender inmates "would directly interfere with the operations of the (department) in a situation where Plaintiff is merely attempting to manipulate the system," Illinois Department of Corrections lawyers argued in a filing.