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THE ISSUES

Prison Rights

 

 

QUICK STATS

  • 41.6% of the federal prison population is comprised of people of color [Black, Asian, and Native American]  while this same demographic only comprise 20.5% of the total population
  • 88.1% of all incarcerated people in solitary confinement are people of color
  • 10% of all transgender women in prison are contained in solitary confinement 
  • 19% of all women are incarcerated, but that number is 3x higher for transgender women
  • Incarcerated people in solitary confinement are 6.9x more likely to commit acts of self-harm (7% fatality)

SUMMARY

Incarcerated people in state and federal prisons in the United States face discrimination based on intersectional issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Transgender inmates are subjected to substantial harassment and violence, and face greater risk of being placed in solitary confinement cells. While in solitary segregation, incarcerated people are almost 7 times more likely to commit acts of self harm. Prison facilities in the United States must endure legislative reform to become safer and more accessible places for incarcerated people who identify as LGBTQ+.

 

REFERENCES

Federal Bureau of Prisons. (2017). Inmate Race; Inmate Statistics. 

Flagg, A., Tatusian, A., Thompson, C. (2016). Who’s in Solitary Confinement? The Marshall

Project.

Hoover Institute. (2006). Facts on Policy: Prison Demographics. 

The Sentencing Project. (2016). Black Women Overrepresented in Solitary Confinement. Race & 

Justice News. The Sentencing Project.