Conditions in Jails and Prisons

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If you've been discriminated against based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status, the ACLU wants to hear about it.

What's at Stake

LGBT people and people living with HIV face unique challenges while in custody. The ACLU works to end the violence, isolation, and deprivations of health care that LGBT people and people living with HIV face in custodial settings. We challenge prison and jail policies of denying health care for transgender people and people living with HIV and we fight the routine use of solitary confinement to house LGBT people and people living with HIV. We also work to implement the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act and end the abuse that LGBT prisoners face from corrections staff and others.

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LGBT people and people living with HIV face unique challenges while in custody. The ACLU works to end the violence, isolation, and deprivations of health care that LGBT people and people living with HIV face in custodial settings. We challenge prison and jail policies of denying health care for transgender people and people living with HIV and we fight the routine use of solitary confinement to house LGBT people and people living with HIV. We also work to implement the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act and end the abuse that LGBT prisoners face from corrections staff and others.

Need help? 
Fill out our confidential online form

For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.

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