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June 9, 2022

"Incarcerated LGBTQ+ Adults and Youth"

The title of this post is the title of this new report from The Sentencing Project. Here is how the document starts:

This fact sheet examines the criminalization and over-incarceration of LGBTQ+ adults and youth.  The LGBTQ+ population is comprised of people with non-heterosexual identities — those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and others — and people with non-cisgender identities — those who are trans and gender non-conforming.  LGBTQ+ adults are incarcerated at three times the rate of the total adult population.  LGBTQ+ youth’s representation among the incarcerated population is double their share of the general population.

LGBTQ+ people experience high rates of homelessness, poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and violence — factors which drive their overrepresentation in the criminal legal system. In both adult and youth facilities, imprisoned LGBTQ+ people face physical, sexual, and verbal harassment and abuse, as well as a lack of gender-affirming housing, clothing, personal hygiene products, medical care, and mental health treatment.  To help alleviate these harms, states and the federal government should repeal laws that criminalize LGBTQ+ people, limit the use of solitary confinement, mandate access to gender-affirming health care in correctional facilities, and invest in drug and mental health treatment and reentry programs for LGBTQ+ youth and adults

June 9, 2022 at 03:03 PM | Permalink


What specific laws “criminalize” LGBTQ+#@&%$<>/ people?

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Jun 10, 2022 10:06:08 AM

TarlsQtr --

You gotta remember that this is from The Sentencing Project, whose mission is to get rid of sentencing. So what they do is just issue the same blurb over and over, taking out the name of one Complainer Group and putting in the name of the next (here, LGBTQ+).

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 12, 2022 11:36:49 AM

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