Safe Management of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex Populations

Safe Management of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex Populations 

It is crucial that correctional administrators working in adult and juvenile correctional facilities do all they can to create an environment that respects and protects the constitutional and human rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) populations. Therefore, this course is designed for those who work in roles related to policy development and administration of correctional facilities. As an introduction, this course provides information on definitions of key terms related to LGBTQI individuals and discusses why addressing issues specific to LGBTQI populations within a correctional environment is important. In addition, this course will examine some of the concerns and challenges that exist within correctional facilities when identifying and addressing issues unique to the LGBTQI population. Finally, this course provides recommendations to consider when developing policy and procedure to assure they are designed to protect the constitutional and human rights of LGBTQI populations in custodial settings. By integrating information about LGBTQI individuals into policies, practices, and organizational culture, agencies can better meet the needs of these individuals in custody while increasing the skill level of staff who work with this population daily. Please Note: Throughout this course, the phrase “individuals in custody” will refer to detainees/inmates in adult facilities as well as residents in juvenile facilities.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-SMGLBT
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Distinguish between definitions of key terms related to LGBTQI individuals.
Explain 5 reasons why addressing issues unique to LGBTQI populations in correctional facilities is important.
Identify 5 common challenges related to addressing needs and requirements of LGBTQI persons in custody.
Explain 10-20 strategies to implement to address those challenges within the correctional environment.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Definitions and Importance of Addressing LGBTQI Issues

A. LGBTQI - Generally Accepted Definitions

B. Why Addressing LGBTQI Issues in Corrections is Important

C. Review

D. Summary

Section 3: Overcoming Challenges to Addressing LGBTQI Issues

A. Overview of Challenges

B. Addressing the Challenges

C. Bias and Discrimination

D. Sexual Abuse and Harassment

E. Risk Assessment, Classification, and Housing

F. Privacy and Searches of Transgender and Intersex Individuals

G. Medical and Mental Healthcare

H. Review

I. Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Course Contributors

B. Resources

C. References

D. Congratulations

E. Exam

F. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Elizabeth Layman, B.S.
Elizabeth Layman's career includes nine years as a police officer/detective in Arlington, Virginia, including patrol, sexual assault investigations, and forensics. She was with the Florida Corrections and Florida Parole Commission for 16 years as a Parole Officer and Administrative Hearing Officer conducting hearings with thousands of inmate/detainees/detainees in prisons and jails. Additionally, she served as a special investigator for the Office of Florida Governor. Since 1998, Ms. Layman has been President of Price Layman, Inc., a criminal justice consulting firm. She has worked as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice, providing technical assistance and training on sexual misconduct and abuse for more than 300 jail administrators, corrections, and law enforcement agencies. Ms. Layman developed and delivers the following curricula: Training for Investigators of Staff Sexual Misconduct; The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003: Impact on Law Enforcement; co-authorship of Resource Guide for New Wardens; PREA – Policy Development Guide for Sheriffs and Chiefs, Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders: Policy Development Guide for Community Corrections; Preventing and Responding to Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities. Ms. Layman continues to work across the country to assist with implementation of PREA. Ms. Layman has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech. Disclosure: Elizabeth Layman, B.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Jaime M. Yarussi
Jaime M. Yarussi has a Master's of Science from the American University School of Public Affairs. She spent over 10 years with the Project on Addressing Prison Rape at the American University Washington College of Law where she was first the Program Coordinator, then the Assistant Director. She is a national expert on issues affected by the Prison Rape Elimination Act and has been working on issues of abuse in correctional settings almost her whole career. Ms. Yarussi also spent over 5 years as a rape crisis counselor in Washington, DC and is dedicated to the issues of abuse of men, women, and children in custody. Disclosure: Jaime M. Yarussi has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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