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How one trans woman prompted Canadian jails to stop sorting inmates by genitalia

Teresa Windsor raised the issue with Justin Trudeau, causing federal jails to change course just just three days after prolonging ‘reprehensible’ policy. Read the whole story at DailyXtra

Trudeau promises to house trans inmates based on gender identity

‘Trans rights are human rights,’ PM says, but pledge runs counter to new prison policy

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Gender identity vs. genitalia: Prison policy changes on the way for trans inmates

Correctional investigator Howard Sapers calls for placement based on gender identity.
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B.C. Corrections to review solitary confinement program after court ruling

Judge rules inmates under Enhanced Supervision Placement must get written reasons for placement. Read the whole story at

Canada’s federal jails may stop sorting trans inmates by their genitalia

Correctional Service Canada policy effectively bars gender-confirming surgery. Read the whole story at Daily Xtra

Canada’s prison agency argues segregation doesn’t affect inmates’ health

Canada’s prison agency denies that it uses solitary confinement and contends that its method for isolating inmates causes none of the health problems generally associated with prison segregation, according to court documents filed in a lawsuit last week.

The statements contradict the bulk of academic research on the health effects of prison isolation and run counter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promises to reform the practice. “There is a definite a disconnect between what politicians are saying about this matter, and what their servants in the Department of Justice are arguing in court,” said Avnish Nanda, the lawyer representing three men suing Correctional Service Canada.

Read the whole story at The Globe and Mail

B.C. groups pushing for end to solitary confinement

West Coast Prison Justice Society recommends B.C. establish mental health units to support inmates.

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Laying the groundwork to abolish segregation in Canada and BC

The current use of segregation and separate confinement in Canadian and BC prisons amounts to torture or cruel treatment. Today we released a new report which provides a comprehensive framework of why and how it should end. Solitary: A Case for Abolition is a detailed prescription for the best practices in abolishing solitary confinement in Canada and BC.  It canvasses work done in other jurisdictions, research papers, and interviews with stakeholders both inside and outside prison walls – all while prioritizing the safety of corrections staff, prisoners, and society as a whole…. Read More

B.C. nonprofit outlines the case for abolishing solitary confinement in Canadian prisons

An in-depth report released by the West Coast Prison Justice Society on the use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons makes an impassioned plea for the government to ban the practice outright. Read the whole story at The Georgia Straight