On the issue: Oregon Department of Corrections

This article I hope will bring issue home, from Minnesota to Oregon.

A few years ago, there was an inmate in the Oregon Department of Corrections prison system.  Here is her story and how she survived.  Through a handwritten, 117-page-long legal document, she speaks powerfully on the living hell she endured during several years of her incarceration.

In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) which required, among many others, all prisons and jails in the U.S. to implement a policy that would uphold the basic dignity and human rights of vulnerable prisoners, especially queer and gender-atypical inmates.  This is 2012 and PREA is still poorly implemented in Oregon.

You can read the entire court papers of the case, Brewis v. Williams, here.

The State of Oregon, in compliance with the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, must make reasonable accommodation in all public facilities, and this does not exempt prisons and jails.

Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC has done an interview with Mara Keisling and Kate Bornstein that touches this and other issues. 

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