Biological males who find themselves on the wrong side of the California justice system will now be given the choice to serve their sentence in either a men’s or a women’s prison.
Under a new law, a prisoner’s claimed gender identity will determine what type of facility they end up at.
Prison officials will be forced to address inmates by their chosen pronoun and “honorific” title. Worse yet, authorities will seemingly be stripped of any real power to stop these transfers.
The Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act (S.B. 132), which gives state inmates this new power, was signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 26. The provisions of the law go into effect Jan. 1, 2021, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The law allows prisoners to choose from a “broad and inclusive” pool of gender identities, including male, female, “two-spirit,” “mahu” and everything in between.
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