Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Emerging Best Practices for the Management and Treatment of Incarcerated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Individuals

Emerging Best Practices for the Management and Treatment of Incarcerated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Individuals

This report from The Fenway Institute provides promising practices and considerations for the management of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) or gender non-conforming (GNC) people in correctional settings. It aims to “support correctional administrators and staff in maintaining facilities that prioritize safety and security for all inmates.” The report includes research concerning the high rates of sexual victimization of LGBTI people in correctional facilities, legal rights of LGBTI incarcerated people, and provides recommendations on institutional culture and facility operations—including intake, classification, and housing placement, medical care, same-sex behavior, privacy and confidentiality, and group inmate management for incarcerated LGBTI individuals. It particularly highlights the potential harms of using segregation to house LGBTI individuals and offers recommendations for alternative housing.

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Keywords: queer, housing, PREA, gender-specific, gender-responsive, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, protective custody.