LGBT representation in US prisons is disproportionately high

LGBT representation in US prisons is disproportionately high

  • Gay, bisexual, and transgender people are three times more likely to be imprisoned and twice as likely to be arrested as straight people.
  • Prison rates are higher among LGBT people of color.
  • “Being poor, a person of color and being gay puts you at the crossroads of arrest and imprisonment,” said one LGBT advocate.

By the time she approached the Illinois Transformational Justice bill for help last year, the client, a transgender woman, had more than 100 arrests on her record.

Growing up in Chicago in the 1980s, she was bullied at home and school and eventually expelled from the home at the age of 14. In her twenties she was addicted to drugs and worked on the streets.

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