Newsom approves law that requires state prison system to jail inmates based on gender identity
Along with several other LGBT-related measures that passed the Democrat-controlled state legislature, far-left California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved a law on Saturday, Sep. 26, that requires the state prison system to jail inmates in facilities based on their gender identity rather than sex assigned at birth.
However, Senate Bill 132 provides an exception to the above requirements if the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has management or security considerations about an individual prisoner. If officials invoke that exception, they are required to explain their reasoning in writing along with a process for the inmate to lodge an objection to the decision.
“The law Newsom signed Saturday says officers must ask inmates privately during the intake process if they identify as transgender, nonbinary or intersex. Those inmates can then request to be placed in a facility that houses either men or women. The law also requires officers to address transgender inmates based on the pronouns of their choice. And it requires officers to search inmates based on the search policy of their gender identity,” the Associated Press explained.
“The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses men and women in separate facilities. Transgender inmates are often housed based on their sex assigned at birth. Advocates say this is dangerous, particularly for transgender women housed in facilities for men,” AP added.
Similar gender identity regulations that apply to inmates are in effect in New York City, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
According to the California legislation’s sponsor, Democrat San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener, “It’s just a false narrative about transgender people and about transgender women in particular that they’re somehow not really women and are just trying to scam their way into women’s bathrooms or facilities in order to do bad things. Overwhelmingly the people who are being victimized are trans people.”
“California has some of the strongest pro LGBTQ+ laws in the nation and with the bills signed today, our march toward equality takes an additional step forward,” Newsom claimed in a statement.
Separately, in the name of public health and safety, California under lockdown-enforcing Newsom is early-releasing thousands of convicted felons back into society related to a COVID-19 outbreak behind bars.
Earlier this month, Newsom and Biden VP running mate Kamala Harris took some “heat” for allegedly trespassing onto a wildfire survivor’s property while staging a photo-op about climate change.
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