Poliglot (Metro Weekly)
May 18, 2012
Today, the Obama administration announced that it has finalized regulations implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act. According to an executive summary provided to members of the media and a conference call held with reporters, the regulations include provisions relating to “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming inmates”—a development a leading LGBT advocate calls one of the most important LGBT advancements in the administration. Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Obama 500w.jpgAlthough the administration—in a memorandum released today by President Obama—has concluded that the PREA “applies to all Federal confinement facilities,” the administration is allowing other agencies—including the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for administering immigration detention facilities—to “work with the Attorney General” to propose their own rules in this area in the next 120 days.