Garrett Ogata Discusses How LGBTQ Are Treated Unfairly by the U.S. Criminal Justice System

There are several disparities that show up when we discuss how LGBTQ people fare in our criminal system. From arrests to paroles, LGBTQ people of all ages are disproportionally represented at every stage of the legal process. They are also much more likely to suffer as a result of bigoted and ill-informed practices.

The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata proudly represent the LGBTQ community. We are dedicated to ensuring that all of your civil and human rights are preserved. We believe in justice for all.

Statistically LGBTQ Youth End Up in Juvenile More Often

Despite representing only 4-6% of the general population, almost 20% of incarcerated youth identify as members of the LGBTQ community, says research from the Prison Policy. LGBTQ youth also report higher rates of mistreatment while in custody, abuse by their peers, and fewer supportive services when they become a part of the juvenile system. And 85% of these children are also youths of color.

The overrepresentation of these populations is indicative of decades of biased punitive action against the LGBTQ community. It is also an indication of the LGBTQ youth community’s higher propensity for risky behavior such as self-harm, depression, anxiety, angry outbursts, and impulsive behavior as a direct result of lack of understanding and support in their homes, schools, and communities.

LGBTQ People Receive Longer Sentences

Those who identify as LGBTQ face higher rates of arrest and incarceration than their straight counterparts–the numbers are almost three times as high. And once they are sentenced they face more time in the system compared to the general public.

Studies suggest that this is largely due to the discriminatory enforcement of laws. LGBTQ people face disproportionately long sentences for certain types of transgressions, including drug charges and sex offenses.

LGBTQ People Are More Likely to be Sexually Assaulted In Prison

Members of the LGBTQ community are ten times more likely to be sexually assaulted by other inmates and report higher rates of sexual misconduct from staff than their heterosexual peers. Studies suggest that this terrible statistic can be attributed to a number of factors, including homophobia, lack of education, and lack of supportive services within the prison or jail.

If you have been accused of or arrested for a crime in Las Vegas, contact attorney Garret Ogata at (702) 707-7085 for a free consultation.

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