• A Look at the Problem of Rape in US Prisons

    Inmate advocates worry that a proposal to reduce the financial penalties for states that don't comply with a 2003 federal law aimed at eliminating rape behind bars will severely damage it.

  • Amanda Knox: What Romance in Prison Actually Looks Like

    When Leny* first arrived at Capanne prison, a women's facility in Perugia, central Italy, she was sulky and withdrawn. She paced the yard alone, head bowed and shoulders hunched. This was not unusual for a transfer. Each prison is its own delicate ecosystem. Being uprooted and replanted, often without warning, is a frightening experience. I noticed her immediately: petite, with a paunchy belly and short, dark hair. I made Leny for the kind of prisoner who'd only lash out if cornered — so not a threat to me.

  • British Prison Bans Lesbian Inmates from Sharing Cells

    An English prison is keeping lesbian inmates from rooming with each other.

  • California Sets Inmate Sex Reassignment Rules

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California prison officials are setting the first standards for which transgender inmates should receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery after spending years in court fighting to block the operations.

  • CNN Correspondent Shares Coming Out Story

    On Day Two of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s International Business and Leadership Conference, CNN correspondent Richard Quest shared his coming out story.

  • Court Rejects Taxpayer-Funded Sex Change For Murderer

    BOSTON (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

  • Donald Trump Plans To Stop Protections for Transgender Prisoners

    Transgender inmates in the US may soon be facing a change in policy by President Donald Trump.

  • Florida Prison Reform Bill Wins Narrow Approval

    In a blow to the private prison industrial complex, a bill sponsored by Florida Representative David Richardson won committee approval on Tuesday.

  • Former SFGN Freelancer Transferred to State Prison

    [Editor’s note: This story was published in Sun Sentinel in October after the sentencing. This week Michael Anguille was transferred to state prison to begin serving the remainder of his time. Anguille was once a freelance copy editor and writer for SFGN. ]

    When it came time on Thursday for Michael Anguille to stand and face the woman he left paralyzed after driving drunk in 2014, he asked his attorney to step out of the way so he could have a clear view of Kim Smith, seated in her wheelchair at the back of a Broward courtroom.

  • Gay Representative Briefed On Record Prison Evacuations

    As Hurricane Irma approached Florida anxiety was everywhere. People were rushing for fuel, water, food and supplies. Vehicles clogged the roads northbound and airplane seats became scarce.

  • Judge OKs Transgender Inmate’s Hormone Treatments

    State prison officials must immediately resume hormone treatments for a transgender inmate who argued that she suffered a medical setback including facial hair growth and depression when her treatments stopped, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • Lines Being Drawn For Indiana's Next Fight Over LGBT Rights

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) - Religious conservatives and supporters of gay rights are preparing for a potentially bitter debate over enshrining LGBT rights into state law.

  • Md. Judge: Trans Inmates Must Be Treated Better

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A transgender inmate who says she was called “it” and “some kind of animal” by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people, advocates say.

  • N. Carolina Transgender Inmate Denied Move to Women's Prison

    (AP) A transgender woman convicted of insurance fraud is serving time at a men's prison in North Carolina despite her repeated requests to transfer to women's housing.

  • News Analysis: Forced Sex in Prison Report

    The U.S. Department of Justice has released its report, “Sexual Victimization in Prisons, and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2011–12: National Inmate Survey, 2011–12.” As this survey collected data for the sexual orientation of the victim, differences in risk between lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) inmates and heterosexual inmates became visible: LGB inmates are much more likely to be victims than are straight inmates. Sexual victimization or forced sex ranges from nonconsensual touching to gang rape. Fortunately most inmates both straight and LGB reported no sexual victimization. Unfortunately, the survey did not collect data for the victimization of transgender individuals.

  • Off the Wall: Lesbian Inmates - A Tale of Two Countries

    A couple of months ago SFGN reported on a British Prison banning lesbian inmates from rooming with each other. Women in relationships could apply to be in the same unit but not in the same cell.

  • Officials Say Transgender Woman Should Stay at Men's Prison

    (EDGE) Massachusetts corrections officials say a transgender inmate should remain at a men's prison because transfer to a women's prison may cause problems.

  • Out of Jail - With HIV

    Several times each month, a white bus picks up newly released ex-inmates at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex and drives into Harlem, where helping hands await at a transition program run by a nonprofit called the Fortune Society.

  • Perry: Texas Won’t Comply With Federal Prison Law

    Texas will not comply with parts of a federal law designed to eliminate prison rape, Gov. Rick Perry said in a letter to the U.S. Attorney General, calling the rules too costly and an infringement on state rights.

  • Philadelphia Prison Commissioner Defends Transgender Policy

    City prison commissioner Louis R. Giorla says the department’s new transgender policy may not be perfect, but it’s a work in progress and he’s fully committed to the humane treatment of transgender inmates.