Emily Claire Hari, who has been convicted and plead guilty to domestic terrorism charges, will be going to a men’s prison despite being a transgender woman.
Hari was sentenced to 14 years in July for a number of crimes in Illinois and Indiana, including an attempted firebombing of a women’s clinic in Champaign. She was also sentenced to 53 years for her part in the firebombing of a Minnesota mosque in 2017. Hari, who came out as transgender last year, was the leader of the “Patriot Freedom Fighters” militia that later changed its name to the “White Rabbits.”
The Ford County Chronicle reported that Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Klein of Peoria disclosed in a Sept. 19 court filing that Hari is expected to be sent to a male facility. The Transgender Executive Council, which advises the Federal Bureau of Prisons on the placement of transgender inmates, recommended Hari’s placement in a high-security male facility — not once but twice — after considering the appropriateness of placing Hari in a low- or medium-security female institution, she noted.
“The TEC has fully considered the appropriateness of recommending (Hari’s) designation to a female facility not only once, but a second time after receiving additional information, and concluded that placement in a female facility is inappropriate at this time,” Klein told the newspaper.
According to the Chronicle, while a federal judge did recommend a women’s facility, the Bureau of Prisons isn’t ready to send her to a women’s prison. Both because further monitoring of her hormone therapy and because she is listed as a high security risk. Her criminal history includes domestic terrorism, former membership in a militia group, having tried at least once to escape from custody in the four years since her arrest in March 2018, and also attempting to build a bomb while incarcerated at the Sherburne County Jail in Minnesota.
Hari is currently waiting for transfer the U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton, a high-security prison for male inmates in West Virginia.