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One month after a trans prisoner died, the jail still hasn’t told her family what happened


The family of a 43-year-old transgender woman Kim Wirtz remains in the dark about why she died in a Baltimore jail last February.

Maryland’s Department of Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) has said there’s no evidence of foul play, but they’ve also said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner still hasn’t revealed how Wirtz died, The Baltimore Sun reported .

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On February 25, guards at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center found Wirtz unconscious in her jail cell. The guards rendered CPR and called for medical assistance and emergency paramedics, the DPSCS said in a statement.

Their statement, however, didn’t mention that Wirtz had been housed with male inmates in the detainment facility, a common practice that increases trans people’s risk of harm.

A 2020 NBC News report found that only 15 out of 4,890 trans inmates were detained according to their gender identity—a rate lower than 0.4 percent. A statewide study in California found that transgender women are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted when placed with male prisoners, the National Center for Transgender Equality reported .Wirtz had […]

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