New York City jails to accommodate transgender inmates
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say inmates in New York City’s jail system will be housed with the gender they identify with.
Monday’s announcement means New York will join San Francisco in establishing a policy to accommodate transgender inmates.
City human rights commissioner Carmelyn Malalis says respecting people’s gender identity is key to treating them with respect.
Under a 2016 executive order, schools, recreation centers and other city-owned buildings must let people use the bathrooms of the gender they identify with.
The Department of Correction initially received a partial exemption from the order because of inmate safety concerns.
The new effort seeks to reconcile those safety concerns with city policy.