Categorizing the Sex of Prisoners

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A huge academic gender literature has problematized and complexified sex. As a bureaucratic matter, chromosomal type, genital type, and social identification provide simple, consistent sex categorization for the vast majority of prisoners. Excellent data exist on the sex composition of prisoners across jurisdictions encompassing 98% of the world’s total population. The sex composition of prisoner populations is important. The relevant data and policy issues merit extensive consideration and discussion.

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