Council bill aims to improve housing of TGNCNBI people in city custody

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In an effort to protect transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and intersex (TGNCNBI) people in custody, city lawmakers introduced legislation on September 29 requiring the Department of Correction (DOC) to review the sexual victimization risk of every incarcerated person and allow people to appeal housing assignments when they undergo intake or transfers to other facilities.

Specifically, the bill would require the department to assess people based on whether they have a mental, physical, or developmental disability; their age; physical build; whether they have been incarcerated before; whether their criminal history is non-violent; whether they have prior convictions for sex offenses or have experienced sexual victimization; their own perception of vulnerability; and whether they are being detained for immigration purposes, according to the legislation’s text.

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