In the Trump administration’s latest effort to dismantle unpopular mandates by President Barack Obama, deputies for Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended a transgender policy on Friday regarding federal prisons.
The move reverses a policy implemented by the Obama administration that would allow men to move into women’s prisons if the prisoner claimed to identify as female.
According to BuzzFeed, the revised policy states that authorities are to use the “biological sex as the initial determination” when prisoners are being assigned to a penitentiary.
“The designation to a facility of the inmate’s identified gender would be appropriate only in rare cases,” the new Transgender Offender Manual states.
Though the newly-implemented policy states that a transgender inmate’s safety will be considered, authorities are expected to also consider whether “placement would threaten the management and security of the institution and/or pose a risk to other inmates in the institution.”
The policy change came after four evangelical Christian women, who were placed in a Texas prison, sued the U.S. District Court in order to challenge what they said placed them in dangerous circumstances.
The four women were wary of the former administration’s policies that forced them to share close quarters with transgender women.
The complaint from the evangelical women alleged that housing transgender women — who were called “men” in the complaint — alongside female prisoners created a situation that was hostile.