Recently, a friend ran across a PowerPoint from 2009 entitled Transgender Inmates in California’s Prisons: An Empirical Study of a Vulnerable Population. The PowerPoint apparently summarizes a study that examined the significant problem of prison rape and the responsibility of prison officials under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to prevent it. No doubt, prison rape is a significant and troubling problem. No person deserves to be raped under any circumstance, and prison officials have a duty of care to ensure inmates in their custody are free from rape and other bodily harm.
Ok, remember that. Let’s proceed.
The PowerPoint is not particularly well done (I don’t know about the study itself), and I am not a statistician, but a few things stand out.
First, methodology. Dr. Valerie Jenness, the Dean of the…
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