California’s second biggest sheriff’s department has announced the addition of a policy addressing how the jail and corrections facility interacts with the transgender community.
The policy focuses on sensitive issues like arresting, searching and taking transgender people into custody. The policy focuses on reevaluating processes already in place because of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. It protects inmates from sexual assault. The new Riverside county policy adds parts about interacting with transgender people. “It protects the LGBT community if they get detained while they determine if they committed a crime or not,” said Thomi Clinton, a transgender activist from Desert Hot Springs.