Today, DCTC wrote to DC Department of Corrections (DOC) director Devon Brown regarding implementation of the DOC’s policy on gender classification and housing, which was approved in February 2009. We have heard from members of our communities and our partner organizations that the policy is not being followed. We are thus trying to see if DOC is willing to offer their side of the story before we raise the volume a little.
As you know, the policy was the product of intense negotiations with the DOC and DC Attorney General Peter Nickles. We have never been fully satisfied with the policy as written, but it is nonetheless a small step in the right direction.
Stay tuned for updates on the DOC’s response, and for more information on how we can apply pressure to protect the human rights of trans and gender nonconforming people incarcerated in DC!