Tagged: Jails

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AP: Many Sex Offenders Killed in California Prison

The AP has a new article about the disproportionate murder rate of incarcerated sex offenders. This is definitely worth a read, exposing the unique, often violent, challenges those accused or convicted of sex crimes face in the criminal justice system. Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard...

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LA Times: San Bernardino Inmates Allege Gay Discrimination in Jail

LA Times writer Hailey Branson reports on a new lawsuit against West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for discrimination of queer inmates. We encourage any readers with experience in gay/LGBT housing units who want to share their stories to contact us at info@centerforsexualjustice.org: San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies called gay, bisexual...

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How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

In 2005, when Danny was 17 years old, he began dating a 16-year-old boy. Like many teenage romances, this one did not end well — but not for the reasons you might expect. When the 16-year-old’s parents found out about the relationship, they blamed Danny for “turning their son gay,”...

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Video: Mass Incarceration in the US

This animation eloquently and concisely explains the complex economic, social, and political issues that contribute to American mass incarceration.  As the video states, the US has 4% of the word population, yet has 25% of the world prison population.  Rapid prison expansion feeds off of faulty legislation in a number...

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The Huffington Post: Judge OKs Transgender Inmate’s Hormone Treatments

Transgender citizens in confinement must deal with a host of issues, and one major roadblock can be continuing hormone therapy while incarcerated.  Discrimination against trans* folk is especially bad in jail and prison environments, with many hormones denied through arbitrary and unofficial pathways.  Being denied hormones can cause physical and...

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New York Times: Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail

The New York Times on the ways in which jails and prisons have become de-facto mental hospitals.  Mental illness needs to be decriminalized, and this article shows the devastating effects of bad policy. The largest mental health center in America is a huge compound here in Chicago, with thousands of...