Recently, there has been some concern that the Trump Administration is preparing to roll back or even rescind protections for transgender inmates. Throughout 2017, the administration took similar measures, such as eliminating protections for transgender workers under the Civil Rights Act, withdrawing federal guidance that allow transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, and even proposing a ban on allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the military. Protections for transgender inmates are now threatened by a federal lawsuit brought by female inmates in Texas, who claim that their Constitutional rights have been violated by being housed with transgender inmates.
In collaboration with the Project on Addressing Prison Rape, Professor Roderick Hills, an Administrative Law professor at NYU School of Law, discusses the Texan prisoner lawsuit and the likelihood that the Department of Justice would rescind the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) rules as part of a settlement for the lawsuit.
Visit the Project on Addressing Prison Rape or for more information about transgender housing policies in prisons.