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Gender, Psychology, and JusticeThe Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System$
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Corinne C. Datchi and Julie R. Ancis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479819850

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.001.0001

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Transwomen in the Criminal Justice System

Transwomen in the Criminal Justice System

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(p.177) 7 Transwomen in the Criminal Justice System
Gender, Psychology, and Justice

Alexis Forbes

Kevin L. Nadal

NYU Press

This chapter describes transwomen’s experiences in diverse arenas of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement and corrections. Specifically, it describes transwomen’s encounters with police officers and their mistreatment while in custody. Criminalization, police violence, and micro-aggressions are discussed as strategies for enforcing gender conformity. This chapter highlights the unique social and health care needs of transwomen and their vulnerability to harassment, hate crimes, intimate partner violence, and police profiling in the community. It also discusses recent legal decisions and implications for gender-affirming treatment in detention facilities. Lastly, the chapter provides recommendations for increasing awareness of transwomen’s issues and for promoting gender-affirming practices in diverse arenas of the criminal justice system.

Keywords:   transwomen, criminal justice, police profiling, violence, micro-aggressions, gender-affirming practice

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