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posted Friday, May 10, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 19
Transgender activists re-evaluate King County Jail policies
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Transgender activists re-evaluate King County Jail policies

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Transgender activists are launching a major re-evaluation of King County Jail's policies towards Trans inmates, according to Lincoln Rose of Trans Lives Matter, a local advocacy group.

Rose, one of the members of the Trans Jail Policy Group (TPG), whose recommendations on Trans inmates helped spark revision of the jail's policy in 2006, said he hoped to 'make the policy better - a lot more solid and a lot more inclusive.'

King County Jail is administered by the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) under the supervision of the County Executive. The policy on Trans inmates adopted in 2006, based on work done by TPG, requires Trans inmates to be 'treated with dignity' and establishes protocols for searching them and housing them in appropriate conditions.

STRIP-SEARCHES RESTRICTED
Among other guidelines, jail personnel may not strip-search Trans inmates to determine their gender, and must house them in units with other inmates of the gender with which they identify.

Rose told SGN that more recent policies adopted in other jurisdictions led Seattle's Trans community to take a second look at King County's practices.

'In a way we're coming full circle,' he said. '[Other cities] were able to improve on our model, so now we're looking to them for help in improving ours.

'[Washington] D.C. comes to mind,' Rose added. 'I had a phone call from the D.C. Trans policy group asking why we hadn't addressed showers and bathroom use. Well, we couldn't get information on how they were actually used, so we decided to leave that issue out.

'D.C. was able to address it, they were able to work more closely with the jail to get actual information.'

CURRENT POLICY 'CRIPPLED'
Christine Langdon, another member of the TPG who has since helped draft jail polices for a consortium of South King County cities called SCORE (South Correctional Entity), added that SCORE 'wasn't too impressed' with the 2006 King County guidelines.

'Neither were we members of the Trans Jail Policy Group at the time,' Langdon added, calling the policy DAJD eventually adopted a 'crippled version of our recommendation ...'

Asked specifically what problems she saw in the King County policy, Langdon noted 'apocryphal accounts making the rounds about Transgender inmates being humiliated or assigned to inappropriate housing in the jail during the first couple years after DAJD adopted its version of Transgender inmate policy.'

'None of us in the TPG had the means or opportunity to conduct follow-up work on the county's implementation of their version of policy, so we're not in a position to say anything definitive,' she added.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Rose also told SGN that he had heard 'horror stories' about the treatment accorded Trans inmates, even though the policy reforms are more than six years old.

'There are anecdotal stories that if you know the policy you're treated better,' Rose said. 'If you can cite it so they know you know, they will follow the policy. But if you can't, they won't.'

According to DAJD spokesperson Commander William Hayes, 'our expectation is that our staff will follow the policy regardless, and if they don't we will follow up with discipline at that time.'

County jail inmates who believe they have been mistreated can complain to DAJD's Internal Investigations Unit, Williams said. He said did not know how many Trans inmates have filed complaints since the 2006 policy has been in place.

Williams added that a federal law, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, also creates guidelines for county jails on issues like sexual harassment of inmates.

'We're working toward updating our policies in terms of PREA,' he told SGN. 'Transgender issues will probably be included in those updates. We're working diligently to address these things.'

NO ACCESS TO PRISONERS
While Williams insisted that DAJD wants to 'be fair to anyone incarcerated in our facilities' and is 'always open to suggestions and recommendations,' Rose and Langdon agreed that the department had not allowed TPG full access to information about how Trans inmates were actually treated.

'There was no resistance as far as writing the policy, but we were not given access to Trans prisoners, so we had no first hand information to go on,' Rose said.

'The overarching problem of the first order is the lack of transparency and independent oversight of DAJD operations,' Langdon added.

Rose told SGN that his group would begin analyzing jail policy this month, and he hopes to have draft recommendations ready in October.

'After it's drafted we'll present it to [DAJD] and if they agree to update it, then we need to go into the community to train people on what their rights are, and how to file a complaint,' Rose said.

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