B.C. legal clinic wants rules changed for transgender prisoners

B.C. legal clinic wants rules changed for transgender prisoners

Transgender Prisoners – Searches, Urinalysis Testing and Personal Items

On March 19, 2014, Prisoners’ Legal Services made a number of recommendations to the Correctional Service of Canada for improving the rights of transgender prisoners. The following is the last of three posts with excerpts from Prisoners’ Legal Services’ letter to the Correctional Service of Canada, dealing with searches, urinalysis testing and access to personal items. (Omissions to existing policy are indicated by struck out text and additions are indicated by underlining.)  

Transgender Prisoners – Institutional Placement and Double bunking

On March 19, 2014, Prisoners’ Legal Services made a number of recommendations to the Correctional Service of Canada for improving the rights of transgender prisoners. The following is the second of three posts with excerpts from Prisoners’ Legal Services’ letter to the Correctional Service of Canada, dealing with the placement of transgender prisoners according to genitalia and double bunking. (Omissions to existing policy are indicated by struck out text and additions are indicated by underlining.)  

Transgender Prisoners – Access to Sex Reassignment Surgery

On March 19, 2014, Prisoners’ Legal Services made a number of recommendations to the Correctional Service of Canada for improving the rights of transgender prisoners. The following is the first of three posts with excerpts from Prisoners’ Legal Services’ letter to the Correctional Service of Canada, dealing with access to sex reassignment surgery.

Harper Government Shutters Most Widely Respected and Effective Program for Sexual Offenders

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE By Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) recently informed all 18 Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) projects in Canada that their contracts will be terminated at the end of March 2014.  The Correctional Service of Canada says it does not have the $2.2-million budget to support CoSA. We believe the government must provide CSC with the means to support CoSA to offset the threats to public safety. To date, four studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the CoSA model have been published in peer-reviewed… Read More

PLS on BC Corrections: Programs and Release Planning

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, Prisoners’ Legal Services participated in a roundtable discussion regarding the safety of staff, prisoners and the community in BC, hosted by MLA Thrones, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for BC Corrections.Our letter to Mr. Throness outlines the issues that Prisoners’ Legal Services has identified in relation to BC Corrections, including our recommendations for improving safety. This post is the fourth of four excerpts from our letter to Mr. Throness, on programs and release planning in BC prisons.

PLS on BC Corrections: Health Care

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, Prisoners’ Legal Services participated in a roundtable discussion regarding the safety of staff, prisoners and the community in BC, hosted by MLA Thrones, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for BC Corrections.Our letter to Mr. Throness outlines the issues that Prisoners’ Legal Services has identified in relation to BC Corrections, including our recommendations for improving safety. This post is the third of four excerpts from our letter to Mr. Throness, on the provision of health services in BC prisons.