Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


No Pride in Prisons celebrates successful action


No Pride in Prisons celebrates successful action

No Pride in Prisons has just received word that trans prisoner, Jade Follett, has had her transfer request to a women’s facility approved.

‘We have exclusive word from Jade herself that she was moved today just after lunch,’ says spokesperson Jennifer Katherine Shields.

‘We are absolutely thrilled that Corrections has taken our demands seriously. They can no longer ignore the very real danger that Jade was in.’

‘We hope that now that Jade has been officially transferred, she will be able to serve out the rest of her sentence in a far safer environment.’

The group says this is the start of a much longer conversation about the treatment of trans people inside and outside of prison.

‘The fact that the policy places trans women almost always in men’s prisons by default shows how much needs to be changed.’

The current process, which requires a change of ‘sex’ on a birth certificate is thoroughly inadequate. ‘Many trans people, who already experience discrimination in the workplace and from family, do not have the resources to fund such an expensive change.’

‘What Corrections has demonstrated today is both their bureaucratic incompetence, in that they took two months to approve this request, and their institutional transphobia.’

In Corrections’ statement today they said, ‘We are very much aware and sympathetic to the particular needs of transgender prisoners including issues surrounding their placement and safety.’

In response, Shields says that ‘if this were true, Jade would never have been placed in a men’s prison for 9 months.’

Corrections also detailed in their statement the number of prisoners who have had their transfer requests approved. However, when members of No Pride in Prisons submitted Official Information Act requests, Corrections denied the availability of any such information.

‘It is incredibly important that the Department of Corrections be transparent about the way trans prisoners are being treated.’

‘Corrections is currently refusing to collect and release data on the number of trans prisoners and where they are being placed, the number of transfer requests and the number of incidences of violence against trans prisoners.’

‘That it took a hunger strike to get Corrections’ attention to this urgent issue indicates just how little regard they have for prisoners’ safety.’

‘If it emerges that other trans prisoners have been treated in a similar manner, we will not hesitate to take action.’

No Pride in Prisons is organising a public forum on trans issues and prison abolition next Friday at the University of Auckland.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

A new independent report has outlined a number of serious concerns about New Zealand’s seclusion and restraint practices, says the Human Rights Commission...

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>

 

JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Dunne Accepts Hundreds Of Postcards On Refugee Categories

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees... The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence. More>>

ALSO:

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news