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Report: Criminal-justice system causes disproportional harm
2016-03-02

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A major report offers a comprehensive analysis to date of how LGBT people—particularly, those of color—face higher rates of incarceration and unfair treatment and abuse in the criminal justice system.

"Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People" documents how pervasive stigma and discrimination, enforcement of laws and discriminatory policing strategies mean that LGBT people are disproportionately likely to interact with law enforcement and to have their lives criminalized.

The report also says that LGBT people are also treated unfairly once they enter the system, showing how they are disproportionately incarcerated and face abuse while incarcerated. Lastly, the report sheds light on the fact that LGBT people face unique and considerable challenges in the struggle to rebuild their lives after experiences with law enforcement—and particularly after time spent in a correctional facility.

The Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress co-authored the report in partnership with Forward Together, JustLeadershipUSA and Advancement Project. It is available online at www.lgbtmap.org/criminal-justice.

www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Report-Criminal-justice-system-disproportionately-harms-LGBTs/54354.html .


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