DOJ reviewing transgender inmate policies

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The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing its policies on transgender inmates, the Associated Press reported on Friday, Sept. 17.

The news service said that transgender protection in federal prisons was rolled back during the Trump administration and came to attention after the sentencing of Emily Claire Hari, for the bombing of Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., last week. She had been tried and convicted under the name Michael Hari. She came out as trans during sentencing.

According to the AP, the Obama administration used the Bureau of Prisons’ Transgender Executive Council to recommend housing by identified gender “when appropriate.” The Trump administration relied almost completely on gender assigned at birth The council, first established in 2016, consists of psychology and correctional officials.

The AP reported that Trump-era policies are still in effect. About 1,200 inmates, out of almost 156,000 federal prisoners, identify as transgender, a Justice Department official told the AP.