|California's Governor Gavin Newsom|
A great move by the State of California!! Other States need to follow this example!
Via The Advocate:
California will house transgender, nonbinary, and intersex prisoners according to their gender identity — and where they feel most safe — under a bill signed into law Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with several other pro-LGBTQ+ bills.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener, requires officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to ask inmates confidentially, during intake, if they identify in one of those categories, the Associated Press reports. The inmates then can request to be placed in either a men’s or a women’s facility.
The Department of Corrections can deny a request based on “management or security concerns,” the law states, but not simply because of a prisoner’s anatomy. And if the request is denied, the state must put its reasons in writing and give the inmate an opportunity to challenge the decision.
Until now, California has housed most prisoners according to the gender they were assigned at birth, something that often puts trans women in danger.