At the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland refused to answer Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s direct question about whether biologically male prisoners who identify as transgender posed a risk to female inmates. Garland’s response was vague and non-committal, instead opting to talk about the need to treat all prisoners with dignity and respect.
.@LindseyGrahamSC: "Are you concerned that if a biological male is sent to a female prison, that could be a risk to female prisoners?"
AG GARLAND: "I think every person in prison has to be dealt with with dignity and respect." pic.twitter.com/PTXWCGhsxb
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 1, 2023
Garland acknowledged that the Bureau of Prisons allowed some transgender-identified male prisoners to be housed with women and said those determinations were made on an individual basis. However, he failed to address the safety concerns of female inmates, which is a major issue that needs to be addressed.
It is concerning that Garland is not taking the safety of female inmates seriously. With 1,200 requests from male prisoners to be sent to female prisons, according to Sen. Graham, it is important that Garland take action to ensure that female inmates are not put in harm’s way.
The fact that 35 states consider transgender inmates’ requests to be housed according to gender identity on a “case-by-case basis” is also concerning. This means that decisions about the safety of female inmates are being made without any clear guidelines or standards. This could lead to dangerous situations for female inmates, as there is no guarantee that their safety will be taken into consideration when making these decisions.
It is clear that Attorney General Merrick Garland is not taking the safety of female inmates seriously. He should be held accountable for his failure to address this important issue and should be required to come up with a plan to ensure that female inmates are not put in harm’s way. It is unacceptable for Garland to ignore the safety of female inmates and it is time for him to take action.
Source: The Daily Caller