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Police, Jails & Prisons

Police interactions, jails and prisons can be traumatizing and are often dangerous interactions and places, especially for transgender people and anyone who is gender non-conforming. In a country that incarcerates more of its people than any other in the world, transgender people are more likely to be stopped and questioned by police, engage in survival crimes such as sex work, end up behind bars, and more likely to face abuse behind bars. Being transgender or gender non-conforming in an American jail or prison often means daily humiliation, physical and sexual abuse, and fear of reprisals for using the legal remedies to address underlying problems. Many transgender people are placed in solitary confinement for months or years just because of who they are. In recent years, these issues have gained national attention. For example, regulations to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) include specific provisions aimed at protecting transgender prisoners. NCTE and other advocates continue to  press for stronger protections and accountability and create new tools for advocacy focused on transgender and gender non-conforming people’s interactions with the criminal justice system with local, state and federal law enforcement officials and the public at-large.

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From the Blog

December 7, 2017

Letters from Trans Prisoners Reveal Violence and Courage Behind Bars

 

“I am a transgender woman living in hiding.”

 

February 27, 2017

DOJ Decision to Stick with Private Prisons is Dangerous

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would abandon an earlier Justice Department memo that set a goal of reducing and ultimately ending the Department’s use of private prisons.

February 17, 2017

Executive Orders Lay Out Agenda to Expand Policing and Incarceration

trio of executive orders lay out President Trump’s agenda undo important steps toward common-sense police and criminal justice reform, expand mass incarceration, and give police sweeping new powers. While the orders themselves call for the creation of new task forces, reports, policy reviews, and recommendations to Congress, full implementation of this agenda would be dangerous and costly for the nation, would further criminalize communities of color, and would be especially perilous for transgender people.

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