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.


From the Blog

October 22, 2015

Senate Bill to Cut Incarceration and Reform Prisons Advances

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an historic bill that represents an enormous step forward towards improving our criminal justice system. This bill is particularly important to NCTE
October 14, 2015

NCTE Welcomes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Proposals

NCTE welcomes in the introduction in the last two weeks of major criminal justice reform bills in both houses of Congress, with support from progressives and conservatives in both parties.
September 17, 2015

Congress Set to Introduce Groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform Bills

House and Senate leaders from both parties are this month to introduce a major criminal justice reform bill—just as independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont prepares to introduce his own bill.

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