LGBTQ representation in US prisons is disproportionately high

LGBTQ representation in US prisons is disproportionately high

  • LGBTQ people are three times more likely to be incarcerated and twice as likely to be arrested compared to straight people.
  • Prison rates are even higher among LGBTQ people of color.
  • “Being poor, a person of color and LGBTQ puts you at the intersection of being arrested and incarcerated,” said one LGBTQ advocate.

When she turned to the Illinois Transformative Justice Bill for help last year, the client, a transgender woman of color, had more than 100 arrests on her record.

Growing up in Chicago in the 1980s, she was harassed at home and at school and was eventually kicked out of her home at age 14. in her 20s she was drug addicted and worked on the streets.

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