In a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at the UCLA School of Law also discovered that sexual minorities were more likely to be mistreated and sexually assaulted in jails and prisons. (Jails are defined as short-term facilities that hold inmates for trial, sentencing or terms less than one year.) Sexual minorities—those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual or reported a same-sex sexual experience before incarceration—were disproportionately behind bars: 9.3% of men in prison, 6.2% of men in jail, 42.1% of women in prison, and 35.7% of women in jail. According to the data, the number of bisexual/lesbian women behind bars is eight times greater than in the general population, where only the 3.4% identify as such.
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