The Los Angeles Police Department is instituting a major change by holding transgender female inmates in a separate section of county jails.
The move is intended to ensure the women's safety while they're being arraigned, which typically lasts about three days. Transgender women have been exposed to physical and sexual violence when held with male prisoners, as was the policy in the past. The transgender women will be held in a special women's module at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Downtown Los Angeles.
The LAPD made the announcement during a meeting in Hollywood with the transgender community. LGBT advocates have long pushed for the change. Read more here.