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Colorado to hold CDOC accountable for dangers posed to transgender inmates

"In May of 2018, the Colorado House of Representatives passed a resolution by Reps. Leslie Herod, Adrienne Benavidez and other legislators, including Pete Lee and Tony Exum, to address the issue of discrimination suffered by transgender inmates in CDOC care. The resolution ordered CDOC to establish policies to protect transgender inmates that are consistent with the Prison Rape Elimination Act and standards set out by the American Correctional Association and the National Correctional Care Health Commission.

 

"Today, seven months after passage of the resolution, CDOC is still “finalizing a single policy to address management of transgender offenders.” Fairbairn notes that “it can take from a minimum of 90 days up to 12 months to implement a new policy.”

 

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