Trans, Gay Prisoners Sue California Jail Over Alleged Mistreatment

Published: October 26, 2014

Mitch Kellaway
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Civil rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against California’s San Bernadino County and its sheriff on behalf of 15 transgender, gay, and bisexual inmates who allegedly faced abuse in West Valley Detention Center, reports the Associated Press.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and is currently seeking class-action status, contends that the incarcerated victims were held in a segregated unit known as the "alternative lifestyle tank," where they were afforded less access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could have shortened their jail time and taught them job skills.

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