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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:05AM

Transgender inmates pose challenge for county jail

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Transgenders or cross dressers -- like this person, arrested last month in Sarasota for allegedly stabbing a person -- are often housed in protective custody when in jail.

By GREG GILES

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When Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight announced last week his intent to close down the South County jail, located in the Venice Police Department building, one of the reasons was the growing number of detainees unable to be processed in Venice.

Among those are transgendered people.

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