November 22, 2016
Protest over transgender lock down
No Pride In Prisons mounted protests around the country against the practice of putting transgender inmates into solitary confinement.
Advocate Emilie Rakete says there is still no sign of the transgender action plan Corrections promised to put together earlier this year.
She says most transgender women face sexual violence in prison, but the answer isn’t locking them up on their own for 23 hours a day.
That’s the reality for a transgender Maori now in Springhill, who No Pride is demanding be let out of solitary confinement.
"She’s already talking about if we can't get her out of solitary she will leave there in a body bag so our urgent priority is for Corrections to realise they are going to kill this woman if they don't move her immediately," Ms Rakete says.
No Pride in Prisons protesters chained themselves up inside a Department of Corrections office in Hamilton.
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