New Jersey to house inmates based on gender identity following lawsuit

New Jersey

A guard tower and razor wire at New Jersey Department of Corrections Riverfront State Prison are seen Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s prison system will soon house inmates based on gender identity.

The new policy goes into effect July 1 and stems from a lawsuit filed in 2019 by a transgender woman who said she was forced to live in men’s prisons for a year and a half.

Under the new policy, transgender, intersex and nonbinary people in state prisons will have greater protections from harassment, be allowed to shower separately from other inmates and have the right to appeal housing decisions.

Pat-down searches or strip searches by transgender women by male officers will be prohibited.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Jersey Videos

Paterson launches guaranteed income program

Shady Rest Golf & Country Club: The 1st Black-owned country club

NJ: Masking ‘strongly recommended’ in indoor settings with increased risk

Masks and vaccines top of mind in tri-state

NJ parents fight to reinstate remote learning for upcoming school year

Fatal motorcycle crash on I-287 in New Jersey

More New Jersey

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter