Texas to Modify Its LGBTQ Inmate Policy

Texas to Modify Its LGBTQ Inmate Policy

After reaching a settlement with a transgender ex-inmate, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has agreed to modify its policies regarding the treatment of LGBTQ offenders to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.

TDCJ spokesman, Jeremy Desel, says the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has two years to comply with the requirements and retrain staff on the new policies.

The modifications are part of a settlement from a civil rights complaint from 2014 brought by an LGBTQ ex-inmate who alleged she was raped and beaten while incarcerated. The plaintiff alleged that prison officials failed to protect her from sexual and physical abuse while housed in men’s prisons. “For years, I was raped and beaten in prison and when I asked for help I was ignored,” she said.

According to TDCJ there are more than 570 inmates who identify as transgender.