White House says putting trans inmates in the wrong prisons is ‘cruel and unusual punishment’

May 14, 2021
Pink News

...Prison officials violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment if they are deliberately indifferent to conditions of confinement that pose a substantial risk of serious harm to prisoners,” the DOJ said, adding that not housing inmates in facilities that align with their gender identity risks such serious harm.

Diamond, represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) in November, alleging that the department has failed to protect her from sexual assault and has not provided adequate healthcare during her incarceration.

Diamond’s lawsuit comes just five years after she sued the GDC over abusive conditions faced by trans prisoners in Georgia prisons. She won that case, and the GDC was rebuked by a federal court and the US Department of Justice for its treatment of trans people. ...

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