Transgender Inmate Count and Housing Placement

Kathryn Sosin Oeser filed this request with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice of Texas.
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From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in custody in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as mandated to be recorded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act including:
-the number of transgender women in custody
-the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
-the number of transgender men in custody
-the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities
-the number of transgender people who are taking hormones

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Sosin Oeser

From: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Ms. Oeser,

The following are responses to your request for public information:

-the number of transgender women in custody - 89

-the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities - 0

-the number of transgender men in custody - 891

-the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities - 0

-the number of transgender people who are taking hormones - The TDCJ does not maintain this information. Medications are prescribed by contracted university healthcare providers.

The TDCJ now considers your request closed.

Thank you,

Paige S. Puckett
Legal Assistant I - Legal Affairs
Office of the General Counsel, TDCJ
(P): 936-437-6378
(F): 936-437-6994

The information contained in this email and any attachments is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s) and may contain confidential, privileged, or proprietary information. Any other use of these materials is strictly prohibited. This email may not be forwarded outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Office of the General Counsel, without the permission of the original sender. If you have received this material in error, please immediately notify me by telephone and destroy all electronic, paper, or other versions.

From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser

Thank you so much, Paige. Just to clarify- transgender women are women who have transitioned and were assigned male at birth. In other words- transgender women were men and are NOW women.

Are you using this definition? I ask because almost every Departments of Corrections has more transgender women in custody than they do transgender men, and I want to be sure.

From: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Ms. Oeser:

The number of male offenders that self-identify as transgender is 891.

The number of female offenders that self-identify as transgender is 89.

Thank you,

Paige S. Puckett
Legal Assistant I - Legal Affairs
Office of the General Counsel, TDCJ
(P): 936-437-6378
(F): 936-437-6994

The information contained in this email and any attachments is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s) and may contain confidential, privileged, or proprietary information. Any other use of these materials is strictly prohibited. This email may not be forwarded outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Office of the General Counsel, without the permission of the original sender. If you have received this material in error, please immediately notify me by telephone and destroy all electronic, paper, or other versions.

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