Mistreatment of LGBTQ and female inmates in prisons

The Unjust Treatment of Incarcerated Women and LGBTQ+ Inmates

Kellyn Wiles speaks about issues regarding the treatment in the United States of LGBTQ inmates and female inmates. She also discusses how to fix these issues and speaks on her knowledge as a correctional officer.

Produced and Edited by James Pettus

The Mistreatment of LGBTQ and Female Inmates

James Pettus

When it comes to the issue with the misplacement of transgender inmates, this could come down to people not accepting that this issue exists. Some people don’t believe that people can be transgender and they don’t know the damage that can be done if these inmates are put with the wrong gender group. Over the past 10 years, several court cases have found that the way the LGBTQ community has been treated in these prisons in the past could very well be violating Constitutional or other legal standards. Bringing these court cases to front page media sources is a great way to get more eyes on the issue and can help educate people to become advocates to fight against these violations. 

There have been all types of stories coming out of prisons about the mistreatment of women and the misplacement of transgender inmates across the United States. Correctional officers are not being held accountable for their actions. It is because these guards have prison power and leadership and because of that, claims have been made that they can get away with things that are inhumane and dangerous.

  One of the reasons this occurs is because the guards are taught to keep the prisoners in line and to do what they’re told. To accomplish these goals, some guards take matters into their own hands and push what they can do to the limits. This can include assaults on inmates or using pepper spray or rubber bullets when there are better solutions to the problem. The issue with sexual assaults in prison is also a topic that is reported, but it seems like most guards are not doing what needs to be done to help these inmates and these assaults happen more in female prisons.  

The individual I have interviewed is very close to the issue. The interview is a close family member of someone whose served time in a prison due to a minor offense. The family member talks about the things their cousin saw while in prison and the mistreatment she had to endure while serving her time. These were both very sensitive topics for the individuals to discuss and the questions that were asked had to be critiqued very closely in order to not be offensive or too emotional.

The Mistreatment of Female Inmates

Treatment of female inmates in prisons all over the United States is a topic slowly but surely getting more attention. In this interview we discussed the abuse and neglect that Teresita's cousin Valerie went through while serving time for a minor offense. Abuse of power and the lack of basic human rights are discussed.

Produced and Edited by James Pettus

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