In DC, a woman was held in the male detention unit, despite her protests that she was female, despite the fact that she was strip-searched, and despite the fact that a doctor declared her to be female. Officers mocked her and ignored her statements that she was female. She was also made to shower with male inmates. (This could go in the Pit, but it’s probably a little too RO)
From the Washington Post: D.C. to Fire 3 Over Woman’s Detention as a Man; Corrections Officers Ignored Inmate’s Protests Over Mix-Up During Arrest, Jail Processing (snippets below)
Although I have to admit that I am a little confused… The article said that a doctor determined her to be a female. But what the article did not specifically say is whether this determination was made due to the fact she had a vagina and not a penis, or what. The question that still remains, was she born with female genitalia but was transgendered and living as a man? Or was she born with male genitalia and had undergone sex-reassignment? Or something in between? And did she have breasts?
If she didn’t have a penis, and the doctor declared her to be female, then this is a huge mess up on the part of the DC police. It’s a huge civil rights violation. I just wish the article was more clear on what the confusion was. It shouldn’t matter that her face looked masculine, or that she dressed masculine…
However this does raise a question about how true transgendered people should be treated in jail. For example, if someone is a M to F transgendered person, and are living fully as a woman, but haven’t undergone the full sex-reassignment surgery yet (as in, they still have a penis), then do they go to the women’s or men’s prison?