|Using newly available data from surveys conducted in U.S. prisons, jails, and youth custody facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, this panel will report on incarceration rates of sexual minority men, women, and youth and some characteristics of these populations and their incarceration. Findings show a surprisingly high rate of incarceration, mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization of sexual minorities.
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. is Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Dr. Meyer studies public health issues related to minority health. His areas of research include stress and illness in minority populations, in particular, the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination and mental health outcomes in sexual minorities and the intersection of minority stressors related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and gender.