Florence, I think at least that Canada in general is moving forward on this issue.

Here in the US, in the federal prison system, we had reached a point where case-by-case evaluation had become the norm, and where trans women were often incarcerated in women’s prisons.

However, the rise of Trump and the far right have put a stop to even that limited progress.

New directives issued to the Federal Bureau of Prisons ensure that almost all trans women from here out will be housed in men’s prisons.

I think you’re very right, though, to point out that over-incarceration and the violence inherent in the prison system are root causes that must be addressed.

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James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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James Finn

James Finn

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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