Transgender Prisoners Say They 'Never Feel Safe.' Could a Proposed Law Help?

January 8, 2020

Transgender Prisoners Say They 'Never Feel Safe.' Could a Proposed Law Help? (KQED - Jan 8)

"Transgender inmates are some of the most marginalized members of society," said state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, SB 132’s sponsor. "They need more support. The housing aspect is one piece of the puzzle. And it's a really significant one."

Passage of Wiener’s bill would be "lifesaving," said Bamby Salcedo, a Los Angeles-based transgender activist who spent 14 years in California jails and prisons. Salcedo said the measure would allow transgender inmates to do their time “away from harassment and violence."...