RNZ: Are Transgender Inmates Safe in Prison?

This piece, from October 2016, was published on RNZ.

Corrections is failing to follow its own protocols on transgender prisoners and, in doing so, may be putting their lives at risk, say advocates for transgender prisoners.

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Though the Department has policies in place to try to protect transgender prisoners, advocates say that some inmates seem to be exposed to dangerous conditions.

Last month, an inmate at the Serco-run Auckland South Corrections Facility in Wiri was allegedly sexually assaulted.

No Pride in Prisons, a group that advocates for the safety of trans or queer prisoners, has been in touch with the inmate’s family and one of her close friends.

They said that she was a Maori trans woman prisoner, who had elected to go into protective segregation for her own safety, but spokesperson Kiran Foster alleged the prisoner was moved from segregation into the mainstream, where she was assaulted.

The rest of the article is available here.

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