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MP says lack of prisoner safety is "inexcusable"

Thu 20 Dec 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Jan Logie Green MP Jan Logie is urging the Government to take one of several options to ensure the safety of transgender prisoners. It comes as transgender woman Glen Cooper has been given a 15 per cent reduction in the length of her sentence at a men’s prison because she will be the target of violence. “Having judges hand out reductions in sentences is not an effective or sustainable solution,” Logie says. “In the United States, is it possible for trans people to go to their prison of choice and Italy has a separate prison for trans people. “The option to choose appears to be the simplest logistically. But until a permanent solution is reached we could make home detention more available for trans prisoners who are at risk of violence. “For the State to knowingly put any person in its care into danger is inexcusable. “There are solutions available and we need to make changes to keep trans people safe from violence in New Zealand, including when they are in the State’s custody.”    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 20th December 2012 - 1:13pm

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