California Permits 47 Biological Men to Transfer to Women’s Prisons

The state of California approved the requests of 47 transgender, biological males to transfer to women’s prisons. California has not approved any requests to transfer transgender women to a men’s facility. The move is part of California’s 2021 Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act.

From The Post Millennial:

In 2022, the CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] commissioned The Moss Group, a Washington-based criminal justice consulting firm, to provide long-term policy recommendations to “ensure successful continued implementation of SB 132.”

SB 132 gives biological male inmates the right to self-declare a female gender identity and request transfer to a women’s prison, but the report indicated that due to “the absence of clear training and criteria, there appears to be a presumption of transfer,” which is “concerning given the serious challenges to safety based on institution type and staffing.”