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    New NYC Policy Seeks to Accommodate Transgender Inmates
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    File Photo: A Department of Corrections bus. Officials say inmates in New York City's jail system will be housed with the gender they identify with. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    • Officials say inmates in New York City's jail system will be housed with the gender they identify with

    • Monday's announcement means New York will join San Francisco in establishing a policy to accommodate transgender inmates

    • he new effort seeks to reconcile safety concerns with city policy

    Officials say inmates in New York City's jail system will be housed with the gender they identify with.

    Monday's announcement means New York will join San Francisco in establishing a policy to accommodate transgender inmates.

    City human rights commissioner Carmelyn Malalis says respecting people's gender identity is key to treating them with respect.


    Under a 2016 executive order, city-owned buildings such as schools and recreation centers must let people use the bathrooms of the gender they identify with.

    The Department of Correction initially received a partial exemption from the order because of inmate safety concerns.

    The new effort seeks to reconcile those safety concerns with city policy.

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