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“Life Molded Me”

Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research

Keywords: Lived Experience; Secure Facilities

This brief article is a profile of Tye Perez, a non-binary person of color whose lived experience includes incarceration in jail before conviction and time in prison. Perez grew up in different states and cultures, experiencing urban and rural communities, and while they received support and love from many family members, they also faced societal exclusion and discrimination. All of these experiences now inform their work as an advocate for gender justice and an advisor to criminal legal system practitioners on respectful and humane treatment of justice-involved LGBTQ+ people. [Summary adapted from resource.]

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“Life Molded Me”