Justice Department Reviewing Policies on Transgender Inmates

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The Department of Justice is inspecting its policies on housing transgender inmates after protections for transgender prisoners were halted. 

The Department of Justice is reviewing its policy on housing placement for transgender inmates in the federal prison system. Their protections were rolled back in the Trump administration, according to AP News.  

This news follows the 53-year sentencing of an Illinois anti-government militia group leader who identifies as transgender, sentenced for leading the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Emily Claire Hari was charged, tried and convicted as Michael Hari for the bombing of Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. 

The Bureau of Prisons’ Transgender Executive Council, a group of psychology and correctional officials, has to decide where to house Hari. AP News reports Hari informed a Minnesota jail officer about her gender dysphoria along with a request to be placed to a women’s facility.  

“She strongly desired making a full transition but knew she would be ostracized from everyone and everything she knew,” defense lawyer Shannon Elkins wrote.  

“Thus, as she formed a rag-tag group of freedom fighters or militia men and spoke of missions to Cuba and Venezuela, Ms. Hari secretly looked up ‘sex change,’ ‘transgender surgery,’ and ‘post-op transgender’ on the internet.” 

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