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LGBTI Laws & Policies - Policy


This is a guide for staff of correctional agencies and external advocates who are ready to dig into the details of writing and revising jail and prison policies relating to transgender and all LGBTQ prisoners.

U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Transgender Offender Manual (2018)

To ensure the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) properly identifies, tracks, and provides services to the transgender population.

Program Objectives. Expected results of this program are:

The dismal state of transgender incarceration policies (2017)

In the summer of 2013, Chelsea Manning’s high-profile incarceration and subsequent pardon brought the existence of trans women in prison into the mainstream discourse. Activists like Janet Mock and CeCe McDonald have courageously spoken out about their experiences while incarcerated.

Transgender Inmates Policy (2009)

Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Transgender Inmates policy, December 28, 2009.

Philadelphia Police Department Transgender Policy (2013)

This directive establishes policies for interactions with transgender individuals to provide for the safety of police officers and citizens, and for the protection of the constitutional rights of citizens in all official interactions.

Interactions with Transgender, Intersex, and Gender Nonconforming (TIGN) Individuals (2015)

This Chicago Police Department general order establishes policies for interactions with TIGN individuals regarding their safety. It also defines terms pertaining to processing and establishes procedures for processing TIGN individuals.

Gender Identity Disorder: Healthcare for Offenders with (2013)

“The purpose of this standard operating procedure (SOP) is to establish guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and placement of offenders diagnosed with gender identity disorder (GID) to ensure offender safety and access to appropriate and necessary medical and mental health treatme

Further Guidance Regarding the Care of Transgender Detainees (2015)

This memorandum provides further guidance regarding the placement and care of transgender adult detainees in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Emforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Ohio LGBTI Policy (2015)

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the evaluation and placement of inmates who are identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.

California Is First State to Adopt Sex Reassignment Surgery Policy for Prisoners (2015)

Under the new policy, the state will cover mastectomies as well as operations to remove and reconstruct reproductive organs. But it will not cover services the state considers cosmetic, including breast implants or procedures or drugs for hair removal or hair growth. New York Times 2015.


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