The Rights Of Prisons For Men And The Pursuit Of The Prison

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When you think of the prison population, you think that inmates are either male or female. Well think about these men that refer to themselves as being transgender. Men living and conducting themselves as women. My query is, how do these transgender inmates see themselves in being housed in a male correctional facility? Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Community extends to our prison population whether male or female. However, this essay will focus on the male population.
In order to contend with homosexuality in the prison population; prison officials and politicians have invoked laws to protect those offenders that identified themselves as either being transsexual or homosexual. President Bush signed into law the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; Public Law 108-79). This law was created to protect not only the inmate population but, all who entered a prison, jail or detention centers. The creation of such a law denotes that a concern does exist.
In the article Agnes Goes to Prison Authenticity, Transgender Inmates in Prisons for Men and the Pursuit of “The Real Deal” (Jenness & Fensternmaker, 2013), deals with transgender men living in the California Prison System. The lifestyle and daily struggle to survive as a woman trapped in a man’s body as well as emotional consequence of such a lifestyle is traumatic at best. These men not only have live as women in prison but they have lived their lives as women in their communities as well.
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