Groundbreaking Victory on Protections for Transgender People in Prison

"To the other transgender & intersex women behind bars, don't give up. There is hope out there for us."

FreeState Legal has won a groundbreaking victory in a case involving harassment and mistreatment of a transgender person who is an inmate in a Maryland prison facility.

The decision in Brown v. Patuxent Institution, a prison grievance challenging Maryland’s failure to comply with national standards for the protection of inmates from sexual abuse in prisons, finds that actions taken by corrections officers against FreeState Legal’s client, Sandy Brown, are a violation of the national standards established under the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, and requires the State of Maryland to establish clear policies and mandatory training for corrections officers regarding the treatment of transgender inmates.

The full press release can be reviewed here: Brown Case Press Release.

The decision can be viewed here: Brown v. Patuxent Institution

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