Center on Sentencing and Corrections

LGBTQ People Behind Bars: A Guide to Understanding the Issues Facing Transgender Prisoners and Their Legal Rights

LGBTQ People Behind Bars: A Guide to Understanding the Issues Facing Transgender Prisoners and Their Legal Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality. LGBTQ People Behind Bars: A Guide to Understanding the Issues Facing Transgender Prisoners and Their Legal Rights. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality, 2018.

This guide helps corrections staff and advocates understand the experiences—including experiences in segregation—of transgender and LGBQ people in jails and prisons. “Often, jail or prison officials will respond to the vulnerability of LGBTQ prisoners by placing them in solitary ‘protective custody’…” “For example, the Department of Justice has found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual prisoners are substantially more likely to be subjected to solitary confinement or segregation than heterosexual prisoners, with more than a quarter (28%) of LGB people in prisons being placed in solitary confinement in just the past year, compared to 18% of heterosexual people in prisons.”

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