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US Bureau of Prisons Policy Change Endangers Transgender Prisoners

Expand An illustration depicts a transgender woman housed in a men's immigration detention facility. © 2016 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch The Trump administration’s decision to change the policy of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for housing transgender prisoners is dangerous, wrongheaded, and unnecessary. Because being transgender is a known risk for being sexually victimized in confinement, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and Department of Justice guidance issued in 2016 called for individual determinations of housing, program, and other assignments in correctional facilities.…

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