Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Coming Out of Concrete Closets

Coming Out of Concrete Closets

Lydon, Jason, Kamaria Carrington, Hana Low, Reed Miller, and Mahsa Yazdy. Coming out of Concrete Closets. Massachusetts: Black & Pink, 2015.

This report from Black & Pink details the findings of a 2014 survey of nearly 1,200 LGBTQ+ incarcerated people. 85 percent of respondents reported that they had been in segregation at some point during their incarceration, with approximately half having spent two or more years in isolation. Altogether, the respondents spent a total of 5,110 years in segregation. At the time of the survey, “Black, Latin@/Hispanic, mixed-race, and Native American/American Indian respondents” were twice as likely to have been in segregation than white respondents. Respondents with a diagnosis of mental illness were more likely to have ever been in segregation than survey respondents without such diagnoses.

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Keywords: queer, housing, PREA, gender-specific, gender-responsive, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, security level, mentally ill.