At of this week, California has declared that prisoners must be incarcerated in groups according to their gender identity rather than their biological sex. And frankly, I’m surprised it took them this long.
Not because the policy is a good one, of course. It’s idiotic, and follows the ridiculous and unscientific notion that men, by virtue of “feeling” a certain way, can actually be women, and vice versa. It also ignores the concerns of actual biological men and women who might otherwise object to having a person of the opposite sex housed in the same facility in which they sleep, shower and use the bathroom.
But just as in the case of unborn babies who bear their own distinct human DNA, the Golden State has once again decided to ignore science in favor of political correctness – which is, almost inevitably, incorrect in just about every other, more tangible way.
The law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom over the weekend, mandates that officers at jails and prisons must ask inmates privately during the intake process if they identify as transgender, nonbinary or intersex. If they do, they can asked to be put in housing with the opposite sex. A trans/nonbinary/otherwise gender confused inmate can also petition for a housing review at any point if they say they feel threatened or at risk because of their identity.
The law does allow en exception to be made for prisons that have “management or security concerns” about, for example, putting fully grown biological males in cells with actual women, a situation that seems primed for disaster and an exception that begs legal challenges. If a prison does deny an inmate’s request, they have to explain in a letter why they refused to house the person in a facility with members of the opposite sex.
The bill was authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, the same San Francisco Democrat who earlier this year authored a bill - also signed into law by Newsom - relaxing the penalty for gay adults convicted of having sex with children.