Bureau of Prisons rewrites rules for transgender inmates

Two-bed prison cell
At a prison in El Reno, Oklahoma. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons changed the wording in its Transgender Offenders Manual to dial down certain protections for transgender inmates, reports NPR.

The details: The new guidelines say inmates' housing facilities will be recommended based on biological sex, with gender identity being considered "in rare cases." The previous version of the manual, from January 2017, says "the TEC [Transgender Executive Council] will recommend housing by gender identity when appropriate."