Cece McDonald And Other Transgender Women Regularly Kept In Solitary Confinement, ‘A Huge, Huge Cost For Protection’

Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show with an update on Cece McDonald, the transgender woman who was recently sentenced to 41 months in a Minnesotan men’s prison. Harris-Perry reported that McDonald is only 1 of 10 transgender women housed in the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and that most of the women are kept in an “administrative segregation cell,” which is essentially solitary confinement under the auspices of protection. According to Keisling, McDonald made a call from prison, reporting that while initially she had been kept in solitary confinement, she has now been released to the general prison population. Keisling argues that while we don’t yet know exactly what Cece herself wants, putting transgender people in administrative segregation is a “huge, huge cost for protection” and “not enough is being done to properly classify transgender people in the prison system.” Watch it:

-Nina Liss-Schultz