Examining Hawaii and the Protection of Transgender Inmates in Prison

Hawaii may have some lessons other states can learn about how to treat their trans inmates with a modicum of compassion and fairness.

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On paper, at least, Hawaii is doing everything right in how it treats transgender inmates in the state’s prison system, according to an article by Rui Kaneya, published in Civil Beat, who asks, whether it is enough.

Trans Hawaii Civil Beat Activists and allies with Hawaii’s transgender community flank Gov. David Ige at a signing ceremony for House Bill 631, which makes it easier for transgender individuals to modify their birth certificates to agree with their gender identity.

According to the piece, which incorporates great visuals showing from Hawaii:

Under the state’s policy, the Hawaii Department of Public Safety cannot decide where to place transgender inmates based only on their anatomy; it must make an individualized assessment that takes into account each inmate’s gender identity and personal concerns about safety.

The policy mirrors the guidelines under the Prison Rape Elimination Act — a federal statute that established special protections for transgender inmates, recognizing them…

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