DOJ paying $1.5M for ‘transgender programming curriculum’ in US prisons

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FIRST ON FOX: The Department of Justice (DOJ) is paying a personal company $1.5 million to develop a “transgender programming curriculum” for use throughout all U.S. prisons.

The DOJ’s Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) entered a contract on July 1, 2021, with The Change Companies in Carson City, Nevada, for $1.5 million for creating transgender-specific programming for transgender jail inmates.

The BOP’s Office of Public Affairs defined in a press release to Fox News Digital that The Change Companies is making a curriculum for transgender federal inmates that “teaches techniques to seek support for mental health concerns and skills to advocate for physical, emotional, and sexual health and safety.”

“The BOP provides services and programs tailored to address the needs of the transgender population,” the assertion learn. “By entering into a contract with The Change Companies, the BOP is able to expand program offerings for transgender inmates.”


“Through this engagement, the vendor has been tasked to develop transgender-specific programming to be implemented at all BOP institutions nationwide,” it continued. “These include three programs focused on reentry, transition acceptance, and a support group to assist transgender inmates in addressing reentry needs and managing identity concerns. The vendor is in the process of creating these programs, which will include full curricula and facilitator’s guides, the use of instructional workbooks, and videos.”

A protester holds up a flag during a rally against the Trump administration's transgender policies. 

A protester holds up a flag throughout a rally towards the Trump administration’s transgender insurance policies. 
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The growth part of the curriculum is predicted to be accomplished by Sept. 30, 2022, according to the contract summary on the federal government’s web site.

“The BOP maintains procurement integrity and compliance with laws and federal regulations when procuring contracts of goods and services,” the company’s assertion continued. “The award of this contract was compliant with federal law and regulations to include fair pricing of the award.”

The BOP additionally pointed to the company’s “Transgender Offender Manual,” which outlines the duties of workers in dealing with transgender inmates. According to the guide, a transgender inmate should first meet with a BOP psychologist and signal a type indicating consent to be recognized inside the company as transgender in order for particular lodging to be thought-about.

The U.S. Department of Justice is paying a private company $1.5 million to develop a

The U.S. Department of Justice is paying a personal company $1.5 million to develop a “transgender programming curriculum” for use throughout all U.S. prisons.
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The BOP’s “Transgender Offender Manual,” issued in January additionally consists of new protocol concerning gender-affirming surgical procedure for federal inmates. It states that surgical procedure is the “final stage in the transition process and is generally considered only after one year of clear conduct and compliance with mental health, medical, and programming services at the gender-affirming facility.”

“The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) recognizes the importance of appropriate gender-affirming management and treatment of transgender individuals in its custody,” the company’s assertion to Fox News Digital learn. “The programming developed under this contract will be available for individuals identifying as transgender who are currently in BOP custody and moving forward.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland is the head of President Biden's Department of Justice. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland is the top of President Biden’s Department of Justice. 
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The Change Companies didn’t instantly reply to Fox News Digital’s requests for remark.


The BOP’s insurance policies for transgender inmates made headlines earlier this month after the company labored to fast-track a transgender ex-neo-Nazi financial institution robber’s gender affirmation surgical procedure after the inmate, Donna Langan, filed a lawsuit claiming the BOP denied earlier requests for the surgical procedure.

In a case earlier this year, a federal decide in Illinois ordered the BOP to right away discover a certified surgeon to carry out gender-affirming surgical procedure on transgender prisoner Cristina Nichole Iglesias.

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