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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Intersex Inmate Population: “A 21st Century Dilemma!”
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By Adam E. Hopkins, Lieutenant, and Margaret A. Dickson, Classification Specialist, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno, Nevada.

Any jail, whether in a metropolitan area or not, must be ready to respond appropriately when it receives detainees who openly identify as homosexual or who do not fit society’s “easy” definitions of male or female. Jail personnel need to understand the principles and legal issues that underpin appropriate management of these inmates.

This article presents information and guidance based on the authors’ direct experience, related case law, and input from experts in the field. Issues range from how to appropriately search an inmate of ambiguous gender, where to safely house the detainee, and what clothing should be provided or available for purchase. Also addressed is the question of whether an agency is responsible for providing sex-change medications and/or surgery for inmates seeking to change their physical sex. The authors provide definitions of terms such as “gender identity,” “transgender,” “trans-woman,” “gender dysphoria,” and “intersex.” The article provides a framework for translating these concepts into effective and defensible correctional policy and practice.

See also the recording and print resource materials from the November 2012 NIC satellite/Internet broadcast, LGBTI Populations: Their Safety, Your Responsibility.

Posted Mon, Mar 3 2014 10:40 AM by Susan Powell


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