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SB-132 Corrections.(2019-2020)

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The United States Supreme Court recognized that incarcerated transgender individuals are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and sexual harassment and that disregarding the known risks to a transgender woman constitutes deliberate indifference in violation of the federal constitution.
(b) In California, a study of the state’s prisons found that the rate of sexual assault for transgender women in those prisons was 13 times higher than for men in the same prisons.
(c) Official data collected by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics confirm that, nationwide, incarcerated transgender individuals experience exceptionally high rates of sexual victimization. In a 2011–12 survey, almost 40 percent of incarcerated transgender individuals reported experiencing sexual victimization while incarcerated compared to 4 percent of all incarcerated individuals.
(d) A congressional study found that instances of prison rape often go unreported, and that “most prison staff are not adequately trained or prepared to prevent, report or treat inmate sexual assaults.”
(e) Forty percent of transgender women respondents reported harassment from other incarcerated individuals.
(f) Thirty-eight percent reported being harassed by correctional officers or staff.
(g) Correctional officers and other incarcerated people predominantly refer to transgender women as men, using masculine pronouns.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2605 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

 (a) During the initial intake and classification process, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall ask each individual entering into the custody of the department to specify the individual’s:
(1) Gender identity and sex assigned at birth.
(2) Preferred first name, gender pronoun, and honorific.
(b) A person incarcerated by the department shall be issued identification reflecting a gender marker consistent with the gender identity the individual has most recently specified.
(c) A person incarcerated by the department may not be disciplined for refusing to answer, or for not disclosing complete information in response to, the questions pursuant to this section.
(d) At any time, a person under the jurisdiction of the department may inform facility staff of their gender identity, and facility staff shall promptly repeat the process of offering the individual an opportunity to specify the gender pronoun and honorific most appropriate for staff to use in reference to that individual, in accordance with subdivision (a).
(e) Staff and contractors of the department shall consistently use the gender pronoun and honorific an individual has specified in all verbal and written communications with or regarding the individual that involve use of a pronoun and honorific.
(f) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Gender pronoun” means a third-person singular personal pronoun, such as “he,” “she,” or “they.”
(2) “Honorific” means a form of respectful address typically combined with an individual’s surname, such as “Mr.,” “Ms.,” or “Mx.”

SEC. 3.

 Section 2606 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

 An individual incarcerated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation who has a gender identity that differs from their sex assigned at birth, with or without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other physical or mental health diagnosis, and regardless of anatomy, shall be:
(a) Addressed in a manner consistent with the incarcerated individual’s gender identity.
(b) If lawfully searched, searched by an officer of the gender identity of the incarcerated individual’s preference. If the incarcerated individual’s preference or gender identity cannot be determined, the search shall be conducted by an officer whose gender identity is female.
(c) Housed at a correctional facility designated for men or women consistent with the incarcerated individual’s gender identity, unless the incarcerated individual’s perception of their own health and safety needs requires a different placement, in which case the person shall be housed in accordance with their stated health and safety needs.
(d) (1) Placement in housing within a facility, for example, single cell, double cell, dorm, protective custody, or general population, shall be based on the incarcerated individual’s perception of health and safety except as provided in paragraph (2).
(2) If there are significant security or management concerns with placing an incarcerated individual within a facility based on the individual’s perception of health and safety, the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or the secretary’s designee, shall certify in writing a specific and articulable basis for why a particular placement would present significant security or management concerns before housing the incarcerated individual in a manner contrary to the person’s perception of health and safety.
(e) If an incarcerated individual raises concerns for their health or safety at any time, their housing and placement shall be reassessed.