California Bill Would End Policy of Putting Transgender Women in Men’s Prisons

August 27, 2020

Advocates say Jones’ experience is common for transgender, intersex and gender nonbinary people in California prisons, where research shows they are raped and assaulted at rates far higher than that of the wider prison population.They are urging state legislators to pass SB132 by Sen. Scott Wiener, which would allow transgender, intersex and gender nonbinary inmates to decide whether to be housed in a men’s or women’s prison.

“Trans women, in particular, are at such extreme risk of brutalization in men’s facilities,” said Wiener, D-San Francisco. “We need to treat them with the basic respect and dignity that they deserve.” - San Francisco Chronicle, August 27th, 2020