Justice Dept $1.5M Transgender Prison Program
The Department of Justice is paying $1.5 million to implement a “transgender programming curriculum” across all federal prisons.The curriculum, which is still in the works with details to be finalized by Sept. 30, will teach “techniques to seek support for mental health concerns and skills to advocate for physical, emotional, and sexual health and safety,” the office of public affairs for the department’s Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) told The Epoch Times in a statement.
Overseeing the program’s development is The Change Companies, a private-owned entity in Carson City, Nevada. Since 2008, it has received $3.4 million in awards from the BOP in the states of Nevada, West Virginia, California, and Kansas. The July 2021 contract of $1.5 million for transgender-specific programming was one of the largest from the federal agency to date.
The BOP “recognizes the importance of appropriate gender-affirming management and treatment of transgender individuals in its custody,” the BOP statement read. “By entering into a contract with The Change Companies, t …