The Denver Sheriff’s Department just implemented a new policy that deals with transgender inmates. Denver is one of only a handful of cities to implement such a policy.
“In the State of Colorado, I would say it’s very unique,” Denver Undersheriff Gary Wilson said. “We believe it was important for us to not just protect the persons from physical harm but also from psychological harm while they’re with us inside the jail.” Wilson says the new transgender policy will save the City and County of Denver money.
People behind this policy say it’s about basic human rights. The new rules at the Denver jails are for people who might be born one sex but identify as another.
“It’s very much about equality,” said Courtney Gray with the LGBT Community Center of Colorado. “It’s about respecting people, although someone may have broken the law.”
“This is definitely the most progressive policy in the state,” Gray said. “Nationally, it’s definitely one of the most progressive and comprehensive in the country.”