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Houston's Harris County Adopts Broad Policy Protecting LGBT Inmates

Harris County, where Houston, Texas is located, is set to announce a sweeping new policy protecting LGBTI inmates, the AP reports:

HarriscountyThe new policy, which Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office believes to be one of the most comprehensive in the country, states "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly prohibited," and outlines how such inmates will be searched, booked and housed, according to a copy of the policy obtained by The Associated Press ahead of an official announcement Thursday.

The policy also covers intersex inmates, defined as people born with sex chromosomes or reproductive systems that are not considered standard.

Houston has the third-largest county jail in the U.S., after Los Angeles and Chicago's Cook County, and processes some 125,000 inmates annually.

The policy went into effect on Wednesday. The AP adds that "the jail currently has about 8,900 inmates and at least 250 of them, or 2.8 percent, identify themselves as lesbian, gay bisexual or transgender."

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  1. There certainly are some progressive areas of Texas. This action, and the election of Houston Mayo Annise Parker are proof of that.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 14, 2013 11:00:48 AM


  2. Houston is definitely a nice blue spot in a red state. Most red states have their more liberal strongholds.

    Considering the severe rates of rape, violence, harassment against LGBT people in prison, this is very welcome news I hope to see more of going forward throughout the country.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 14, 2013 11:15:54 AM


  3. @ FRANCIS,

    you're absolutely right. And some of that harassment comes from the prison guards and prison employees. So, yes, this a good decision by the Houston County system.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 14, 2013 11:21:09 AM


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