Undergraduate Research Paper
U.S prison reform policies such as the Prison Rape Elimination Act pacify the government and the public into believing that prisons are a less harmful place for vulnerable inmates. However, thousands of transgender inmates in the United States experience extraordinary rates of violence and discrimination for their gender identity. There are difficulties in determining exact statistics of gender-based incidents of assault due to dueling structures of legal power and questionable support from prison authorities. However, from available information, trans inmates report dehumanizing prison environments that severely impact their wellbeing. This literature draws upon the current status of incarcerated trans inmates’ protection policies, identifies academic methodology to advocate for better research, and recognizes organizations campaigning for better prison conditions. This piece argues that the federal policies aimed at alleviating the brutal experiences of gendered violence are less effective than the aforementioned organizations.
University of Washington Tacoma
TLAW 348: Gender and Law
Jennings, Brooklyn Mx.
"The Violation of Transgender Prisoners: The Violent Impact of Gender Discrimination Experienced by Incarcerated Trans People in the United States of America,"
Access*: Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Research and Scholarship: Vol. 7:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.tacoma.uw.edu/access/vol7/iss1/2
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