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Incarcerated LGBTQ+ Adults and Youth

The Sentencing Project

Nazgol Ghandnoosh; Emma Stammen

Keywords: Juvenile Justice; Policy; Secure Facilities; System Reform

This brief examines the criminalization and over-incarceration of LGBTQ+ people in the United States, highlighting the drivers of overrepresentation and presenting recommendations for reform. It suggests that states and the federal government should repeal laws that criminalize LGBTQ+ youth and adults, limit the use of solitary confinement, mandate access to gender-affirming health care in correctional facilities, and invest in drug and mental health treatment and reentry programs for LGBTQ+ youth and adults. [Summary adapted from resource.]

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Incarcerated LGBTQ+ Adults and Youth