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Why are so many lesbian, bi and transgender women in prison? | Analysis

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Why are so many lesbian, bi and transgender women in prison? | Analysis

Data show that rates of incarceration for lesbian, gay and bisexual people were 1,882 per 100K By: Special to the Capital-Star – Sunday December 19, 2021 6:30 am (*Editor’s Note: Unless otherwise noted, names have been altered to protect the privacy of formerly incarcerated persons.) By Victoria A. Brownworth PHILADELPHIA — Throughout the summer of 2020, Nadia Martinez watched the social justice protests on TV. She would have liked to have been part of those protests, but she couldn’t risk it. Martinez was on probation and living in a halfway house after spending three years in the State Correctional Institute at Muncy.“I kept waiting for our names to come up,” Martinez said in an interview with the Philadelphia Gay News. “You know — gay people, queer people, trans folk. All of us. Too many of us in jail — you know? And guess what color we are?”Martinez was convicted of manslaughter in 2015 when she was 20. She says she and her female partner were assaulted outside a speakeasy in Philadelphia’s Feltonville […]

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