Criminal Justice System and Transgender People

Transgender people experience a constellation of criminal justice issues in the United States. Transgender has been conceptualized as an umbrella term to describe a range of gendered identities and experiences for people who do not identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. With regard to the criminal justice system, transgender people experience substantial incarceration and violence-related criminalization rates. A number of legal barriers have an impact on criminal justice issues for transgender people in the United States, such as identification and inadequate access to health care. Socio-structural barriers, as situated in intersectional oppression, also influence the experience of the criminal justice system, including criminalization, for transgender people. This entry explores the role that the criminal justice system plays in the lives ...

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