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Texas prison records show more than 330 transgender inmates

September 29, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas prison system records show the number of inmates identifying themselves as transgender is at an all-time high amid greater awareness of gender issues and criminal justice reforms.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/2dgOf5u ) reported Wednesday that 333 inmates currently identify themselves as transgender. Texas Department of Criminal Justice records show that compares to 67 inmates identifying themselves as transgender in September 2014.

TDCJ records, as of Tuesday, listed nearly 147,000 offenders.

Transgender prisoners require special attention under new federal regulations to reduce inmate sexual assault.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act requires officials to provide special accommodations to transgender inmates. Administrators must also consider an inmate’s gender identity when deciding on housing assignments.

Attorney Terry Schuster, who’s written extensively about LGBT inmates, says more people who are transgender are coming out.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com