Maine prison system allows killer to identify as female

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A man sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering his parents and stabbing his dog to death has claimed a trans identity and is now listed as female by the Maine Department of Corrections.

The 24-year-old inmate, Andrew T. Balcer, was originally listed as male as recently as September, according to MDOC website records. However, the updated records identify Balcer as female and include a new photo of him with long dark hair in a side ponytail as Andrea.

A policy implemented by MDOC Commissioner Randell Liberty in 2020 requires Maine correctional facilities to provide inmates with clothing that matches their chosen gender identity, including breast binders and push-up bras , according to The Maine Wire. It remains unclear if the facility housing Balcer provided him with women’s underwear.

The MDOC did not immediately respond to the Christian Post’s request for comment on the detainee’s status and whether he has also been transferred to a women’s prison.

As Central Maine reported at the time, Balcer was convicted in December 2018 of the October 31, 2016 double murder of his parents, Alice and Antonio.

As a teenager at the time, Balcer stabbed his mother nine times in the back with a hunting knife before murdering his father, who had woken up after hearing his wife’s screams. Balcer stabbed the family dog ​​to stop it barking and left his older brother, Christopher, alive.

In a 911 call made by Balcer after the murder of his parents, he claimed he had just “snapped”. During an interview in prison, he alleged that he stabbed his parents due to sexual, emotional and physical abuse, accusations that his brother, Christopher, declared to be false.

Balcer cited his parents’ alleged refusal to accept his gender identity as another reason he killed them, saying he knew he wanted to be a woman since he was 3 or 4 years old. abuse, led him to murder his parents that night.

During an interview with Debra Baeder, chief forensic psychologist for the state Forensic Service, Balcer accused her father of making a negative remark about trans-identified people the night before the murders, which which led to a confrontation.

“I killed my parents because they suppressed who I was for so long and forced me to be someone I wasn’t for so many years. I broke down,” Balcer said during the interview, according to Central Maine.

The inmate’s uncle, Carl Pierce, denied that Balcer’s family were “intolerant or unaccepting” in a written victim impact statement.

“[Andrew’s] grandfather funded [his] defense with what he expected to use for [his] college education,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, the most dangerous thing in this house was [Andrew]. There was no reason for Alice and [Tony] die that night otherwise than for [Andrew’s] want to kill them.”

As more states begin to house trans-identified biological men in women’s prisons, female inmates who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past have expressed concerns about their well-being.

On the Christian Post’s “Generation Indoctrination” podcast series, Amie Ichikawa, a former inmate and head of the nonprofit Woman II Woman, said her family members were shocked and didn’t believe her when she told them she was incarcerated with a man who had a history of violence against women.

“It was the most helpless feeling I’ve had to date,” Ichikawa recalled of her time in prison at the Central California Women’s Facility.

“Just to know that you have absolutely no control over your environment, your own physical well-being, your mental health, nothing. And there’s really no one you can talk to about it. It’s so unbelievable that I would call home every day crying for weeks, trying to explain to my family that there was a serial rapist harbored here. And that it’s legal, that the state really did it,” she continued.

“[My family] I thought I was delusional,” she recalls. “And that just adds to the helplessness, to the feeling of utter vulnerability. It’s as if you were emotionally naked. And that creates this cloud of despair that covers the whole prison. The whole population is on pins and needles and that creates more tension.”

Ichikawa also claimed that synthetic testosterone was distributed through medical lines at prison clinics and offered to women with masculine appearance.

“Anyone who is even vaguely masculine with a low ponytail or whatever gets asked if they want to take testosterone,” she said. “And it’s much more accessible than anything else. Much easier than having a mammogram or x-ray for a broken bone.”

According to the former inmate, some women wanted testosterone to get stronger to protect themselves from biological men in the women’s prison.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 132 in 2020, which allows inmates to be transferred to prisons that match their chosen gender identity.

In New Jersey, which adopted a similar policy in June 2021, a women’s facility transferred a trans-identified man after the inmate impregnated two women while serving time in a women’s prison.

Samantha Kamman is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be contacted at: [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @Samantha_Kamman

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