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Police, Jails & Prisons

Police interactions, jails and prisons can be traumatizing and are often dangerous interactions and places, especially for transgender people and anyone who is gender non-conforming. In a country that incarcerates more of its people than any other in the world, transgender people are more likely to be stopped and questioned by police, engage in survival crimes such as sex work, end up behind bars, and more likely to face abuse behind bars. Being transgender or gender non-conforming in an American jail or prison often means daily humiliation, physical and sexual abuse, and fear of reprisals for using the legal remedies to address underlying problems. Many transgender people are placed in solitary confinement for months or years just because of who they are. In recent years, these issues have gained national attention. For example, regulations to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) include specific provisions aimed at protecting transgender prisoners. NCTE and other advocates continue to  press for stronger protections and accountability and create new tools for advocacy focused on transgender and gender non-conforming people’s interactions with the criminal justice system with local, state and federal law enforcement officials and the public at-large.

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August 3, 2015

Senate Bill Aims to Reduce Youth Incarceration

Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Act of 2015, introduce

June 16, 2015

NCTE Lauds Reintroduction of End Racial Profiling Act

The End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) was reintroduced in Congress last month by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland (D) and Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan (D).

June 10, 2015

Court: Moving Abused Trans Teen to Adult Prison is Unconstitutional

Connecticut’s Appellate Court ruled earlier this week that the state’s child welfare agency, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) violated a transgender teenager’s due process rights when

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