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There is still time to register for this live internet broadcast on legal issues regarding transgender persons in custody.

This posting contains information on the broadcast itself, and information on how to get ready for the broadcast, and upcoming stream tests to get you and your site ready for the broadcast.

Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape


March, 29, 2017 -- A live-streaming internet broadcast on legal issues regarding transgender persons in custody.

Start times: 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET

Register here

Do you and your agency have questions about the management of transgender persons in custody? In response to this emerging correctional issue, the National Institute of Corrections is conducting a live internet broadcast designed to:

·     Provide information to agency legal counsel and corrections professionals regarding transgender persons in custody and their presumptive legal rights;

·     Demystify the issues surrounding policy and procedures decisions affecting this population; and

·     Identify emerging challenges and opportunities to provide strategies for ensuring equity while maintaining safety and security.

The three-hour broadcast titled “Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape”,  will be aired live on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET.

Prior to the broadcast on March 29, 2017, NIC recommends viewing and/or reviewing the materials for the two earlier broadcasts in the series, LGBTI Populations: Their Safety, Your Responsibility  and LGBTI Populations: Intake – Creating a Culture of Safety .

During this live event, we will:

·     Address agencies questions regarding issues, barriers, challenges and practices that affect transgender persons in custody;

·     Illustrate areas of greatest liability for agencies regarding transgender persons in custody;

·     Determine areas to address in agency policy and procedure; and

·     Explain steps agencies should take to ensure the safety and security of this population while in custody.

Presenters will also share recommendations and resources.

During the broadcast, the following questions will be addressed:

·     What is the current state of litigation regarding transgender persons in custody?

·     What legal rights do transgender persons in custody have?

·     What are the best and promising practices for safe and secure housing of transgender persons?

·     How can my agency provide reasonable accommodations for transgender persons in our custody?


Lorie Brisbin

Correctional Program Specialist / Project Manager

National Institute of Corrections


Julie Abate

Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section

Civil Rights Division, US DOJ


Hayley Gorenberg

National Deputy Legal Director

Lambda Legal


Brenda Smith

Law Professor, American University

Washington College of Law


Harper Jean Tobin

Director of Policy

National Center for Transgender Equality


Wendy Williams, Ed.D.

Deputy Commissioner

Alabama Department of Corrections


Who Should Attend?

This broadcast is open to anyone and the following groups are especially encouraged to join this event:


·     Correctional Leaders and Administrators from Jails and Prisons (including Directors and Secretaries, Chief Deputies, Chiefs of Corrections, Chiefs of Staff/Administration, etc.)

·     Agency Chief Legal Counsel

·     State Correctional Associations

·     State and Regional Jail Associations

·     Correctional Risk Management Insurers

·     National Correctional Associations (ACA, AJA, NSA, etc.)

·     Jail and Prison Administrators

·     NIC General Counsel Network

·     NIC Large Jail Network

·     Reentry Coordinators

·     Community Organizations who partner with Jails and Prisons

·     Transgender Service Providers

·     Judges, Legislators and other decision makers

·     Jail and Prison agency policy makers


NIC’s live Internet broadcasts offer corrections professionals an interactive video forum on current and pressing topics in corrections. These broadcasts are inter­active and allow participants to engage with and learn from experts around the world.


Delivered via Internet streaming, the broadcasts are available for viewing by any individual, agency, or facility nationwide. Participants can view the broadcast individually on a computer screen, smart device/tablet and/or use a projector to enlarge the signal for a sizeable audience. Registration is required, but there is no charge.


All NIC live internet broadcasts are recorded, and are made available after editing at the NIC website and/or via request at the NIC Information Center Virtual Help Desk


How Do I Prepare for the Broadcast?

Follow this link to prepare to view NIC live internet broadcasts


Please register for the broadcast to receive information on live internet stream tests, pre-broadcast survey information and more readiness information which begin in early March, 2017


For More Information

Program Specific Information

Lorie Brisbin

Correctional Program Specialist


Broadcast Logistics Information

Leslie S. LeMaster

Executive Producer, NIC Broadcasts

Preparing for and Viewing NIC Live Internet Broadcasts


Follow this link to view time zone information, how to prepare and avoid common technical issues, and how to view NIC live internet broadcasts.


Check Your Device Compatibility – Live Stream Tests Begin March 22, 2016!


Our partners in live broadcasts, KSPS Public Television Studios will be running live internet stream tests beginning March 22, 2016!


Check your device compatibility prior to live broadcast day March 29, 2017 at the following dates and time:






March 22





March 23





March 24





March 27





March 28





1.   Please check your internet streaming compatibility at this link during the above stream test dates / times.

2.   On the Broadcast Viewing Instructions page at this link , click the View Live Broadcast BLUE PLAY button on the right side of the screen, and the test will begin automatically if your system is compatible.

3.   The streaming test should start automatically. If not, click “Launch In External Player” on your screen. No username or password is required. If this does not work, please consult with your local IT Administrator. Typically, agency internet security settings, firewall(s) or local internet connection speed issues will be the cause.

4.   Please ask your IT Administrator if the NIC site/url for broadcasts is blocked. If so, ask if it can be unblocked for broadcast viewing purposes. If access to the NIC broadcasts url is being blocked by your agency, this is causing your inability to link to the stream test, and by extension, the live broadcast.


What If I Continue to Experience Difficulty During the Stream Test?

1.   If you continue to experience difficulty, please email  with your name and telephone number, and you will receive a call from the studio offering troubleshooting assistance.

2.   Another option for viewing is obtain a wireless hotspot / to purchase / rent a USB wireless modem / aircard to use to view the broadcast via the internet. This should circumvent any connectivity issues caused by your agency firewall / connection speeds.


What if I/we are not compatible for internet viewing?

What if I am unable to watch live?

How can I / we get a copy of the broadcast?

1.   The broadcast will be available for viewing / download online approximately 30 days post broadcast.

2.   DVDs of the broadcast will be available free of cost from the NIC Information Center approximately 60 days post broadcast. Order them at 1-800-877-1461 or . Be sure and have the name of the broadcast handy when you call or order online to request your DVD.


Posted Fri, Mar 10 2017 9:47 AM by Leslie LeMaster


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