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California defends coed prison law in court, says it's like different races sharing same cell

Housing an anatomical male in a women’s prison is no different than housing two people of different races in the same cell, according to the California attorney general’s office.

It’s just one of several arguments the state is making in federal court to protect its law that lets prisoners choose their gender identity for purposes of placement — and even bodily searches — regardless of sex reassignment surgery or hormone therapy.

But the ACLU and transgender groups are not happy with Attorney General Rob Bonta’s defense of Senate Bill 132, which took effect 16 months ago, against a constitutional challenge by so-called “trans-exclusionary” radical feminists.

They are seeking to intervene in the case on behalf of male-to-female prisoners, accusing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) of intentionally misreading the law to give itself discretion to slow or even block transgender transfers on prohibited grounds.

What’s noteworthy is one of their

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