San Francisco jails to house transgender inmates with preferred gender

The inside of a jail.
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Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said Thursday that by the end of the year, transgender inmates at San Francisco county jails will be housed based on gender preference.

San Francisco will be among the first cities in the nation to let transgender inmates live with their preferred population, the Los Angeles Times reports. They will also be allowed access to the jail system's charter high school, women's empowerment classes, and substance abuse programs. "I carry the perspective forward that the transgender population is marginalized on the streets of America," Mirkarimi said. "Consider how magnified that treatment is inside prisons and jails."

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