Correctional Service Canada to place convicted offenders based on “gender identity” (Canada)

Correctional Service Canada (CSC), “the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more,” has released new guidelines under which inmates may be placed in correctional institutions based on their subjective “gender identity,” “regardless of how their anatomy (sex) or gender on their identification documents, unless there are overriding health or safety concerns which cannot be resolved.” These changes follow the addition of “gender identity and expression” to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination and a pledge from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “recogniz[e] that trans rights are human rights and … defend[] everyone’s dignity and rights in every way we can.” Trudeau failed to consider the rights of female inmates, who deserve humane treatment while serving their sentences and deserve space free from male inmates. The United Nations affirmed this in its Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

 

Under the new guidelines, correctional facility staff are required to “use offenders’ preferred name and pronoun in oral interaction and written documentation.” Offenders “will be permitted to purchase effects from the catalogue for men and/or for women,” restricted only for “safety, health or security reasons.” Additionally, the guidelines require correctional facilities to “maximize the privacy and confidentiality of any information related to an offender’s gender identity,” including “discussions regarding cell sharing.”

 

Federal transgender inmates to be placed by gender identity to uphold safety, dignity — HuffPost Canada

Canada’s prison system overhauls transgender inmate policy — cbc.ca