A new study shows people who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum face higher incarceration rates compared to their heterosexual peers.
Conducted through The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, the study was published this month in the American Journal of Public Health. It was conducted from 2011-12 and hoped to examine characteristics of sexual minority populations within the prison system.
Sure enough, the study found those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual or report a same-sex sexual experience before arrival at the facility were disproportionately incarcerated with about 9% of men in prison, 6.2% of men in jail, 42.1% of women in prison, and 35.7% of women in jail identifying within their parameters.
Those numbers put LGBTQ inmate rates at almost 1900 per 100 000, “more than 3 times that of the US adult population.”
The study also found sexual minority inmates were more often sexually victimized as children, sexually victimized while incarcerated, and experienced solitary confinement and other sanctions at higher rates than their straight peers.
“There is disproportionate incarceration, mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization of sexual minority inmates, which calls for special public policy and health interventions,” reads the brief summation of the study. You can read the entire study here.
LOS ANGELES – An estimated 1.4 million or 4.3 percent of Latino/a adults identify as LGBT and 29 percent of Latino/a same-sex couples are raising children, according to a report released this week by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. The estimated 146,100 Latino/a individuals in same-sex couples tend to live in areas where there [...]