Black, Transgender and in Prison

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  • My Identity Makes Me a Target
  • Abuse From Authority
  • Isolated in Isolation
  • Sexual Assault
  • The Fight for Equalityv
  •  How You Can Help
  • Free at Last
  • What It Means to Be Transgender

Isolated in Isolation

Prisons across the nation, including Rikers Island in New York and the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud, where McDonald was held, do not accommodate housing for transgender inmates. As a result, inmates are subjected to “administrative segregation” or solitary confinement. However, the Cooke County Jail in Chicago changed its policy to house inmates based on their identity and not their birth sex.

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