Segments in this Video

Transgender Incarceration (05:28)


Inmates are often victimized. Ashley Diamond describes interactions with police, inmates, and jail staff. One in six transgender individuals will be incarcerated; trans women are typically housed based on birth assigned sex or genitals.

Harassment and Assault (04:10)

Transgender inmates who make assault claims are often ignored. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy endures rape and years of assault. She sues the Department of Corrections for cruel and unusual punishment in 2014.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (03:15)

Dee Farmer's attorney Louis Fasulo discusses her abuse at an Indiana prison and subsequent lawsuit. Congress passes PREA in 2003; the Dept of Justice issues implementation guidelines in 2012.

Transgender Prejudice (07:18)

Diamond discusses her childhood, family acceptance, job discrimination, legal troubles, and prison abuse. Transgender people pushed from their homes at a young age often face social challenges. In the U.S., the likelihood of transgender incarceration is 16%.

Prison Abuse Case (03:10)

Diamond sues the Georgia Dept. of Corrections. The U.S. Dept. of Justice files a statement of interest in support; the prison releases Diamond on parole. Diamond reflects on her incarceration.

Murder Charge (04:42)

In a confrontation, transgender individuals are often assumed guilty. CeCe McDonald describes an altercation with Neo-Nazis and the resulting court case. Worldwide outcry to her sentence earns her early release.

Gender Dysphoria (04:38)

Prison officials often deny or delay medical treatment. Diamond and former inmates discuss hormone therapy and the effects of denial.

Prison Guard Behavior (05:37)

Gang members sometimes receive transgender cell mates as a means of placation. Solitary confinement is often the only option guards give transgender inmates. Trans women describe experiences.

Prison Conditions (05:26)

Transgender inmates face various barriers and physical safety threats; 24% report sexual assaults. Former inmates describe harassment and abuse by inmates and staff. Transgender inmates face increased challenges after incarceration.

Prison Progress (03:39)

Some county jails are making steps toward improving conditions for transgender inmates, but little has changed overall since the implementation of PREA. See an update on individuals featured in this film.

Credits: Where Justice Ends (01:47)

Credits: Where Justice Ends

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This documentary sits at the intersection of two important and timely topics of social justice: conditions in the US prison system and the injustices that befall transgender people encountering the law. The film explores why so many transgender people encounter the police, how those encounters often lead to discriminatory treatment, and the inhumane conditions that transgender people all too frequently experience. Through interviews with transgender inmates and experts, and narrated by the Tony award winning stage, screen, and TV actor, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the film casts light on one of the most hidden social injustices in the United States.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: FPT205872

ISBN: 978-1-64867-583-6

Copyright date: ©2019

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

“This clear and direct educational film and guide is a powerful tool to facilitate real understanding of people who are marginalized. It contains much of what we need to apply today to address the disparities our society is faced with. An amazing, impactful experience.”—Jamison Green, past President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

“Powerful new documentary sheds insight on plight of transgender inmates.”—

“In the end this is, for trans people, a confirmatory exercise—and a film you may not want or need to see, ever. Not unless you want to get very angry indeed. On the other hand, this is a film worth showing to allies and to skeptics. Because this puts the lie absolutely to anyone claiming that being trans is the easy way out. 4.5 Stars out of 5."—Eye for Film (UK)

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