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Over half of transgender prisoners in Wisconsin are sex offenders
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Over half of transgender prisoners in Wisconsin are sex offenders

The majority of men who identify as female in the Wisconsin prison system have been convicted of at least one count of sexual assault or sexual abuse, according to a report by the Daily Signal.

The data stems from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections after the Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project obtained records through a public request. The information identifies male inmates who are seeking transfers to female prisons for the reason of identifying as transgender females.

Out of 161 men who are in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections facilities and have self-reported as being transgender, 81 have been allegedly convicted of at least one count of sexual assault or sexual abuse as of late July 2023. That equates to 50.3%.

The crimes committed have reportedly included sexual exploitation of a child, sexual exploitation by a therapist, forced viewing of a sexual act, rape, sexual intercourse without consent, incest, sexual intercourse with a child, indecent behavior with a child, enticing a child, and more.

At the same time, prisoners may also have been found guilty of other offenses that aren't sex crimes, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections reportedly noted.

“Men belong with men and men only in prison,” said Mike Howell, director of the Oversight Project. “Putting sex offender men claiming to be women in cells with women is another reason the world laughs at America’s moral decline. Prison is for punishment, not degenerate sexual behavior.”

While the Department of Corrections did not clarify on the housing of transgender inmates in the report, a government of Wisconsin document seemingly clarifies the placement of those who self-identify as the other gender and are referred to as "Gender Dysphoria (GD)" inmates.

The policy states that "all sites are approved for transgender and intersex inmates" except for six listed facilities.

"Facility and housing assignments shall be made on a case-by-case basis, considering the inmate's health and safety as well as potential programming, management and security concerns. An inmate's own views regarding safety shall be given careful consideration," the document states.

As well, if the inmate has already had a sex change prior to imprisonment, "placement shall be, in most cases, consistent with the reassignment treatment."

However, "self-inflicted genital mutilation" does not count as any form of gender reassignment, the document clarifies.

Placement and "programming" of the individual is to be reassessed every six months.

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