While much of the available data on LGBT inmates comes from the United States , Amnesty International maintains records of known incidents internationally in which LGBT prisoners and those perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender have suffered torture, ill-treatment and violence at the hands of fellow inmates as well as prison officials. Policy, policing and the criminal justice system have historically perpetrated violence upon marginalized populations, like the queer community. See Sodomy laws in the United States. Many LGBT inmates who are able, even those who are openly gay outside of prison, stay in the closet with their sexual identities while imprisoned, because inmates who are known or perceived as gay, especially lesbians and gay men with stereotypical butch or effeminate characteristics, respectively, face "a very high risk of sexual abuse". The Los Angeles County Men's jail segregates openly gay and transgender inmates, however, only if they are openly gay and if the staff that is inspecting them perceives them to be gay or trans enough for segregation.
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It only takes a few moments. Our biannual newsletter contains prison news, celebrity gossip, prisoner writing and art and much more. We've been around for almost a decade and we're still going strong. Find out about our history, stats, and contact info. We've put together a list of questions that come up most often when deciding to get a penpal, or beginning correspondence. We try to raise awareness on broader issues of prison expansion, policing, and criminalization in the LGBT community.
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I would first like to thank you for dedicating some of your time and energy to getting to know me. You could have chosen to do anything else, but you are looking at me and I appreciate you for that. My name is Jared and I am currently incarcerated for armed robbery.
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