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CA Transgender Inmates Claim Officials Aren’t Transferring Them to Preferred Sex Prisons

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California transgender inmates are claiming that the state’s prison officials are refusing to “fully implement” a law that would allow them to transfer to prisons of the opposite sex. An attorney for the group says the officials “regularly violate” the law.

The original law, SB132, took effect in 2021. The law has already been challenged in federal court last November by the Women’s Liberation Front on behalf of four female inmates who argue the measure endangers biologically female prisoners by allowing men to pose as women.

The suit also claims the law violates the female inmates’ freedom of speech and religion and their right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment by requiring them to treat the male inmates as women.

“The reality that men and women are factually, materially, immutably different, in ways that disadvantage women and necessitate attention to women’s unique needs, supports protection of incarcerated women by providing women-only correctional facilities,” the lawsuit states.

National Review reports:

Inmates have filed at least 321 requests for transfers based on gender identity since the law took effect, but the Corrections Department has granted only 46 of those requests, Portnoi wrote in a filing. Some of those who have had their requests approved have not been moved, he said.

The filing added that one of the transgender inmates was often called a “boy” by prison guards and another was placed in a cell with a man who was a known sexual assailant, who then assaulted the inmate.

The Corrections Department writes on its website that all inmate requests for transfers under SB132 are subject to an “in-depth review” by a committee of prison guards and health care staff led by a warden. The site says transfer may be denied due to “management or security concerns” but not for “discriminatory reasons.”

The department affirmed its commitment to “providing a safe, humane, respectful, and rehabilitative environment for all incarcerated persons,” including transgender inmates, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Women’s Liberation Front’s legal director Lauren Adams again pushed back against the law following the new filing this week.

“This law has already subjected incarcerated women to sexual assault, abuse and intimidation, in addition to the constant indignity of having to shower, undress and use the toilet in front of men,” Adams said. “The ACLU, Lambda Legal and the Transgender Law Center have the nerve to call women ‘bigots’ when they object.”

National Review adds the filing comes after a male inmate identifying as a woman was convicted last month of raping a female prisoner at the women’s facility at the Rikers Island complex in New York.

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Austin become first Texas city to approve pilot ‘Guaranteed Income Program’

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Austin, Texas has approved a pilot ‘Guaranteed Income’ program joining other liberal cities. The program will give 85 families $1,000 per month for an entire year. The program’s $1.18 million in  funding will be handled by a nonprofit and recipients can spend the money however they wish.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who belongs to a coalition called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, said it will prevent homelessness; it’s not a “giveaway” but rather, “it is investing in ourselves.”

“We can find people moments before they end up on our streets and prevent them, divert them from being there. That would be not only wonderful for them, it would be wise and smart for the taxpayers in the city of Austin because it will be a lot less expensive to divert someone from homelessness than to help them find a home once they’re on our streets,” said Adler.

Atlanta, Georgia also announced it was launching a similar pilot basic income program in January. 300 residents will receive $500 each month for a year. NBC DFW5 reports that “Across the country, dozens of cities and counties — some using money from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package approved in March 2021 — are giving some low-income residents a guaranteed income of $500 to $1,000 each month to do with as they please, and tracking what happens.”

The Mayors coalition will use its data –collected by a University of Pennsylvania-based rrsearch center — to lobby the White House and Congress for a federal guaranteed income.

 

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