Tag: male violence

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.

via http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/12/13/living-nightmare-for-transgender-inmate-at-all-male-prison.html

Read the UN Minimum Standards at https://www.unodc.org/pdf/criminal_justice/UN_Standard_Minimum_Rules_for_the_Treatment_of_Prisoners.pdf

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.

Armed trans woman arrested after 10-hour D.C. standoff

The D.C. police department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit and its transgender supervisor, Sgt. Jessica Hawkins, played a role in persuading a 31-year-old transgender woman to peacefully surrender after a 10-hour standoff on the roof of a downtown office building in which she fired a handgun and threatened to kill herself and harm others.
According to a police news release and a separate police report, officers charged Sophia Dalke of Springfield, Va., with assault on a police officer while armed. The arrest came about 10:30 a.m. after Dalke agreed to peacefully leave a location in which she positioned herself on the roof deck of an upscale office building at 1999 K St., N.W.
“The MPD GLLU reported Suspect 1 told MPD that she wanted to commit suicide,” the highly redacted public version of the police report says. “Suspect 1 told MPD that she had just shot out the glass door leading to the roof top,” the report says.
The report adds: “Responding MPD units arrived on the scene to the front of the building. On the scene, sounds of several gunshots could be heard. Gunshots were fired in the area where police personnel were arriving.”
The report says Sgt. Hawkins was among three officers that provided assistance to the department’s Emergency Response Team that was dispatched to the scene. The press release says the officers arrived shortly after 12:19 a.m. after being alerted that “an adult female in crisis [was] threatening harm to herself and others.”
The police press release, which makes no mention that Dalke is transgender, says “a barricade incident was declared” after Dalke “discharged a firearm.”

via Armed trans woman arrested after 10-hour D.C. standoff.

Jail ‘too tough’ for transsexual offender – World News | IOL News

A transsexual who downloaded sickening images of child pornography escaped jail because a judge said prison would be too tough a place for her.

Laura Voyce, 20, who was born a man and used to go by the name Luke, faced being locked up for nine months in a male prison after being convicted of 14 counts of downloading indecent images of children.

Four of the images discovered on Voyce’s laptop were of level four, the second most serious, and featured semi-naked youngsters being abused.

But despite this Judge Lesley Newton allowed Voyce, who is in the middle of a sex

change which means she is biologically a man but legally a woman, to walk free with a nine-month jail term suspended for a year. She must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

The judge said prison would be an “appalling experience” for the sex offender.

via Jail ‘too tough’ for transsexual offender – World News | IOL News.

See also: http://metro.co.uk/2010/07/14/sex-change-paedophile-spared-jail-447270/