Transgender prisoners likelier to face sexual assault

August 2017

A prison psychologist has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, saying she was retaliated against for reporting abuses against gay and transgender prisoners.

The lawsuit and allegations are detailed in an article by KQED that cites research by Criminology, Law and Society Professor Valerie Jenness. In 2009, Jenness published a study finding that transgender prisoners are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general population.

Read the article.