Italy Plans Prison for Transgendered Cons
Gay rights groups hail move to create special detention center
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Many Italian jail suffer serious overcrowding problems, making it harder to segregate inmates at risk.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Italy plans to convert an almost-empty women's prison into one of the world's first jails for transgender inmates. The nation has been holding transgender cons in women's prisons where they are segregated for their own safety, the BBC reports. The jail near Florence is expected to house some 30 transgender prisoners, most of whom are in prison for drug or prostitution offenses.