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Denver Changes The Way It Handles Transgender Inmates

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NBC 9 News
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July 9, 2012

The Denver Sheriff’s Department just implemented a new policy that deals with transgender inmates. Denver is one of only a handful of cities to implement such a policy.

“In the State of Colorado, I would say it’s very unique,” Denver Undersheriff Gary Wilson said. “We believe it was important for us to not just protect the persons from physical harm but also from psychological harm while they’re with us inside the jail.”
Wilson says the new transgender policy will save the City and County of Denver money.

“Prior to this policy going in place, the most likely place for housing transgender [inmates] was to be locked down for 23 hours a day,” Wilson said.