Trump admin rolls back Obama-era gender-identity rule for prison housing

Trump admin rolls back Obama-era gender-identity rule for prison housing

[Ed. – As usual, the left misstates what happened here.  The Obama rule, linked in the post, didn’t “allow” prisons to house men with a trans identity among the women.  It required that “gender identity” be considered in assigning housing — implying that there would have to be an accommodation by the prison and its population to gender identifications.  The main implication is lawsuits from prisoners, and the state prison systems losing those suits (because of the Obama rule).  For the majority of prisons that have no way to accommodate that, other than to house biological males with women, that meant the women had no appeal against being housed with men.  The Trump administration is withdrawing that requirement.]

The Trump administration on Friday rolled back rules that allowed transgender inmates to use facilities that match their gender identity, including cell blocks and bathrooms, thereby reversing course on an Obama administration effort to protect transgender prisoners from sexual abuse and assault.

The Bureau of Prisons now “will use biological sex” to make initial determinations in the type of housing transgender inmates are assigned, according to a notice posted Friday evening that modifies the previous policy.

“The designation to a facility of the inmate’s identified gender would be appropriate only in rare cases,” the new Transgender Offender Manual now says.

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While the policy says a transgender inmate’s safety should be considered, officials also must “consider whether placement would threaten the management and security of the institution and/or pose a risk to other inmates in the institution.”

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