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The criminalization of transgender people can be defined as the process or context in which the actions, behaviors, and characteristics of people who appear transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC) are classified as criminal. This often occurs through discriminatory interpretation and enforcement of the law. A certain behavior may be classified as criminal or illegal for all people; however, through discriminatory policing and application of legal statutes, TGNC citizens are disproportionately arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated for such crimes. In addition, because of other types of discrimination against transgender people, TGNC individuals are more likely to come into contact with the police and the criminal justice system.

The following entry addresses how the discriminatory enforcement of laws and administrative policies as well as the behaviors of actors ...

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