Category: prison transition

More cases of prison transition and violations of women’s rights

Man murders women in “burglary gone bad,” is sentenced to life in prison in 1987, becomes trans in 2008, receives hormones, but remains pre-op in male prison, now seeks transfer to women’s prison and change of Canadian policies to accommodate pre-op transgender persons, which is already currently happening.

The claims state experiencing violence, but name no perpetrators and also interestingly state:

Worse than the harassment, fear, and threats of physical violence, the affidavit continues, is the pain Bilyk feels when someone fails to acknowledge her as a woman.

“Now, staff usually use female pronouns, but sometimes I am still referred to as a man,” it reads. “It makes me want to cry and scream.”

Despite numerous voiced concerns from feminists and gender identity specialists alike, multiple prisons in Canada are changing their policies to accommodate pre-op trans women.

In January, Ontario’s provincial prison system became the first in Canada to make it official policy to place pre-op transgender inmates in facilities based on their gender identities.

On Nov. 15, B.C. became the second.

Now, representatives for the governments of Alberta and the Yukon Territories say their correctional systems are revising policies for transgender inmates to follow Ontario’s lead.

Trans woman Bianca Sawer is the first transgender person to be transferred from a male facility to a female facility. In a remarkable display of cognitive dissonance and inability to recognize herself imposing the same harm she felt in a male prison she notes:

“It was a calming euphoria,” she said [regarding her relief upon arriving at Alouette Correctional Centre, a provincial prison for women].

Sawyer contrasted that feeling to years spent in prisons where she was constantly surrounded by male prisoners.

Women and girls deserve this same “calming euphoria.” The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners are very clear in separation based on sex:

Separation of categories

8. The different categories of prisoners shall be kept in separate institutions or parts of institutions taking account of their sex, age, criminal record, the legal reason for their detention and the necessities of their treatment. Thus,

( a ) Men and women shall so far as possible be detained in separate institutions; in an institution which receives both men and women the whole of the premises allocated to women shall be entirely separate

In the interest of safety, health and concerns separate facilities would be better suited for all involved. Male persons, including trans women, should not be housed in female facilities.


Read the UN Minimum Standards at

Second transgender inmate found dead in male prison | Society | The Guardian

A transgender woman has become the second trans prisoner in the space of a month to apparently take their own life while serving time in a male jail in England.

Joanne Latham, 38, from Nottingham, died in Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes on Friday. It is understood she had changed her name this summer, having previously been known as Edward Adam Brown or Edward Latham.

She was serving a number of life sentences for attempted murder and was housed on the close supervision centre (CSC), reserved for the most dangerous and vulnerable prisoners.

Her death comes just weeks after the death of 21-year-old Vicky Thompson, who was being held at Armley, a category B men’s prison in Leeds.

Latham had not requested a transfer to a women’s prison, the Guardian understands. In any case, she would not have been eligible for a transfer, as there are no CSC units for women in the English justice system.

A Prison Service spokesperson said on Tuesday: “HMP Woodhill prisoner Joanne Latham (dob 31/01/1977) was found unresponsive on the morning of Friday 27 November. Staff and paramedics attempted resuscitation but she was pronounced dead at 6.20am. As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent prisons and probation ombudsman.”

In 2001, Latham was given a life sentence at Nottingham crown court after being convicted under the name Edward Latham of attempting to murder her flatmate by lacing a glass of Coca-Cola with mercury.

Six years later, in 2007, she was given another life sentence after trying to kill another inmate at HMP Frankland in County Durham.

Then in July 2011, when being held at Rampton secure psychiatric hospital in north Nottinghamshire and still living as a man, she tried to kill another patient by stabbing him in the neck. She was found guilty by jury of attempted murder and given another life sentence.

The CSC system holds about 60 of the most dangerous prisoners . Many of these are men who have been imprisoned for very serious offences which have done great harm, have usually committed subsequent very serious further offences in prison and whose dangerous and disruptive behaviour is too difficult to manage in an ordinary prison location.

via Second transgender inmate found dead in male prison | Society | The Guardian.

The Case of Prison Transition

Disclaimer: The purpose of this site is simply to document. This site does not encourage or condone discrimination against trans men and women. It is in no way intended to demonize trans men and trans women any more than reporting on any other types of violence demonize women or men. Presentation of research data is simply that, presentation of research data.

With the rise of gender identity anti-discrimination laws, many male prisoners are seeking transition. It remains unclear whether some cases represent a legitimate medical need or simply a desire for special treatment or placement in a women’s prison.

The British Association of Gender Identity Specialists has raised concerns over the “ever-increasing tide of referrals of patients in prison serving long or indeterminate sentences for serious sexual offences,stating that these “vastly outnumber the number of prisoners incarcerated for more ordinary, non-sexual, offences.”

Numerous prisoners on this list have pursued both government funded sex change and placement in women’s facilities.

James Randall Smith – kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl:

Wolfgang “Beate” Schmidt – serial rapist/murderer, rape and murder of 5 women, murder of 3 month old baby, attempted rape/murder of 12 year old girl, repeated offenses after incarceration including murder while using visitation and rape of other prisoners:,

Rodney Quine/Shiloh Quine – murder, kidnapping and robbery:

Robert Hilton/Rebecca Hilton – murder:

Richard Masbruch – serial rapist, multiple complaints from female inmates:

Paul Luckman/Nicole Louise Pearce – kidnapping, torture and rape of 13 year old boy:

Ronny Edward Darnell – repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl:

Michelle Kosilek – killed his wife by nearly decapitating her with a piano wire:

Dillon Andrew Shadle/Riley Nicole Shadle – originally charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, 31 counts of visual depictions exploiting children and 27 counts of possession of child pornography:

Bradley Manning/Chelsea Manning – convicted on violations of the Espionage Act (WikiLeaks):

Ronald “Erika” Hood – registered sex offender, child rapist/viewer of child pornography:

Vance Egglestone/Shauna Taylor – serial rapist of women charged with aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement and choking:

James Elliot Wolfe/Jessica Elaine Wolfe – rape of an 8 year old girl:,6081889&hl=en

Mark Brooks/Jessica Brooks – murder of university student who stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist:

Paul Deyner – serial killer who stabbed and slashed to death 3 young women because he “hates women in general”:

John Pilley/Jane Anne Pilley – kidnapping and attempted murder of a female taxi driver:

David Cross/Kelly Denise Richards – armed robbery:

Geoffrey Ian Websdale/Michelle Websdale – shooting a girl who rejected him, killing two others and rendering another young man a quadriplegic:

Leslie “Krista” Richards – unknown, offenses have been suppressed:

Donald Geoffrey McPherson/Kimmie McPherson – murder:

Keith “Rebecca” Elmore – sex offender with cannibalistic fantasies about killing and eating women, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a coworker’s wife:

Jaris Lovado/Bianca Sawyer – robbery, possession of stolen property and fraud:

David Megarry Jr/Sandy Jo Battista – raped a 10 year old girl:

Edward “Toni” Brunetta/Aja Kennedy – check fraud, embezzling:

Robert Floyd Brown Jr/Alicia Jade Brown – producing, possessing, and transporting pornography of 10-15 year old boys:

Richard Speck – systematic rape and murder of 8 nursing students:

Katherine Anne Johnson – murder:

Alan M.Outman/Sara Outman – sexual abuse and murder of a 21 year old man:

Sydney Sezer/Lisa Summers – repeatedly molested a 13 year old girl for almost a year:

James Joseph Allard/Jennifer Katherine Allard – child rapist:

Andrew Reid – beat and murdered man then made a woman look at him:

Maikobi Shawn Burks/Mia Kobi-Burks – murdered his mother, father and sister in 1993, found not guilty by reason of insanity:

William Karl Olsen – serial child rapist:

Wesley Ross Mullins/Dezeray Marie Roblero-Barrios – molested a 6 year old boy in a Kmart bathroom, admitted previously molesting 4 other children:

Alan Baker/Sarah Baker – kidnapped and tortured his step-mother’s brother, attempted to kill another inmate:

Teresa Brugliera – serving a life sentence:

Curtis Gene Copeland – registered sex offender, exposed himself to a girl:

Seth “Venus” Rountree – murder:

Charles Norwood – battery:

Thomas Lamb – convicted rapist, murderer and kidnapper:

Louis Massei/Lisa Massei – convicted of the kidnapping, gang rape and sodomy of a 16 year old girl:

William Gray – murdered two women, wife and her friend:

Craig Hudson/Kimberley Green – imprisoned, tortured and killed his wife, wrapped her body in a carpet and dumped it:

Lamar McQueen – murder:

Philip Walker Rosati/Mia Rosati – murdered wife: