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“Deaf in Prison”

“Out in the Night”

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County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates

by NPR Radio

Research

Compared with the general population, almost six times as many LGBQ people were stopped by the police in a public space (6% vs. 1%). Notably, while LGBQ adults do not differ from the general population regarding satisfaction with the police, LGBQ women were less satisfied compared to women in the general population, which is perhaps a function of criminalization of non-heteronormativity of LGBQ women.

“Policing LGBQ People”

 

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Native people made up 2.1% of all federally incarcerated people in 2019, larger than their share of the total U.S. population, which was less than one percent. Native women are particularly overrepresented in the incarcerated population.

“The U.S. criminal justice system disproportionately hurts Native people: the data, visualized”

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Most corrections officers (COs) strongly approved of the prison’s doula program and the practice of not restraining pregnant women. COs reported that maternal and child health policies and programs did not interfere, and in some cases helped, with their primary job task of maintaining safety and security.

“Corrections officers’ knowledge and perspectives of maternal and child health policies and programs for pregnant women in prison”

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Studies reveal that abortion and contraception access varies greatly between states — and that abortion access for incarcerated people is related to broader state policies.

“Recent studies shed light on what reproductive ‘choice’ looks like in prisons and jails”

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In almost every state and the federal prison system, incarcerated people must maintain extremely low balances in their ‘inmate trust funds’ before receiving any help with essential items like soap and stamps. And being deemed indigent is only half of the battle, as many states provide very few resources even to those who do qualify.

“For the poorest people in prison, it’s a struggle to access even basic necessities”

 

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This report can be a tool for advocates resisting the harm of the prison industrial complex, whether for LGBTQ‐specific organizing efforts or to provide useful information regarding specific LGBTQ concerns. The information provided highlights the disproportionate violence experienced by LGBTQ prisoners and offers many recommendations to alleviate this suffering.

“Coming Out of Concrete Closets: A Report on Black & Pink’s National LGBTQ Survey”

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This report maps the twelve sectors of the prison industry and details the extraction of wealth from the families that have been most disproportionately brutalized by over-policing, mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and mass surveillance.

“The prison industry. How it started. How it works. How it harms”

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The Second Chance Business Coalition (SCBC) is a cross-sector coalition of large private-sector firms committed to expanding second chance hiring and advancement practices within their companies. These companies are committed to expanding opportunities to employment and greater upward mobility for people with criminal records.

Research indicates that people living with disabilities comprise one-third to one-half of people killed by law enforcement officers.

“The Ruderman White Paper On Media Coverage Of Law Enforcement Use Of Force and Disability”

 

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Girls who identify as non-heterosexual are more likely to enter the juvenile justice system as compared to their straight peers and boys who identify as non-heterosexual.

“Criminal­ Justice and School Sanctions Against Nonheterosexual Youth: A National Longitudinal Study”

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Nearly 40% of transgender people in prisons and 26.8% of transgender people in jails have been sexually victimized.

“Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2011–12, Supplemental Tables: Prevalence of Sexual Victimization Among Transgender Adult Inmates”

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Approximately 85% of LGBTQ and GNC youth in the juvenile justice system are youth of color.

 “The Overrepresentation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Youth Within the Child Welfare to Juvenile Justice Crossover Population”

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Governments and justice-involved families pay approximately $182 billion annually for incarceration.

“Following the Money of Mass Incarceration”

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Research indicates that government payroll for correctional employees is over 100 times higher than the profits reaped by the private prison industry.

“Following the Money of Mass Incarceration”

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The unemployment rate for people who have experienced incarceration is 27%, worse than the rate during the Great Depression.

“Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment Among Formerly Incarcerated People”

 

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A recent analysis concluded that “more than half ($13.6 billion) of the cost of running local jails is spent detaining people who have not been convicted.”

“Following the Money of Mass Incarceration”

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Even though Black people comprise 12% of the U.S. population, they constitute 38% of people who are incarcerated.

“Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2022”

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Nearly half (45.9%) of youth whose gender identity does not correspond to their sex assigned at birth, such as transgender and non-binary youth, as well as youth who are unsure about their gender identity, report being sexually victimized in youth detention facilities.

“National Survey of Youth in Custody, 2018, Victim, Perpetrator, and Incident Characteristics of Sexual Victimization of Youth in Juvenile Facilities, 2018 – Statistical Tables”

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