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LGBT Youth in Detention: Understanding and Integrating Equitable Services

NCJ Number
Shannan Wilber; Bernadette Brown; Anthony Celestine
Date Published
April 2012
30 pages
This publication presents the objectives and content of a workshop designed to improve jail administrators' understanding and integration of equitable services for juvenile jail detainees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).
Workshop participants are first presented with a quiz that assesses what they currently know about juvenile LGBT jail detainees. Questions address the prevalence of LGBT youth in detention facilities; whether every person has a gender identity; the meaning of "transgender;" the percentage of LGBT students who missed a day of school in the last month because they felt unsafe at their school; rate of sexual victimization for LGBT youth compared to heterosexual youth; percentage of LGBT youth of various races; detention rate for LGBT girls; homelessness among these youth; and protective factors against suicide for LGBT youth. Answers are provided for each question. The workshop then traces the experiences of a hypothetical LGBT youth admitted to detention. The experiences pertain to intake and risk assessment, determination of gender and sexual orientation, name and pronoun, risk assessment, the detention decision and family involvement, jail housing, and race.