CANADA — He was born Jean Paul. But then Jean decided he would rather be a woman. So Jean is now Fallon Aubee. Fallon is a murderer, and she is serving her sentence in a male only prison. But that is soon to change.
After a long legal battle, Fallon has been granted permission to serve the rest of her sentence for first-degree murder at a women’s prison. Thus, Aubee will become one of the first federal prisoners in Canada to get moved to a facility to which she identifies with.
According to Aubee’s lawyer, she had been subject to day-to-day discrimination, name calling, and harassment by male prisoners and prison guards. Apparently, transgender women living in male only prisons are just as vulnerable to sexual assault as other men.
Aubee was convicted in 2003 for a gang-related killing that took place approximately 10 years earlier.
It’s not just in Canada that’s going out of its way for transgender criminals. In the U.S., the Department of Justice is taking steps to help transgender people who find themselves involved in crimes.
According to the DOJ website, in 2016 “The Justice Department’s Community Relations Service (CRS) released a new training video for law enforcement which provides information, tools and techniques to help ensure that interactions with members of the transgender community are respectful, professional and safe for all involved.”
The training video teaches police officers how to keep their questions relevant to the person of interest and remain courteous throughout the time together. In one of the examples, the video demonstrates an officer laughing and using an inappropriate pronoun to address a transgender individual. The officer’s partner walks him away from the transgender to speak about how he should treat the person with more dignity. When the officer returns to the transgender, he apologizes and carries out the remainder of his questioning using what the DOJ considers the necessary respect and professionalism.
It goes even further, for example, the state of Michigan is now addressing hormone therapy.
DML just reported yesterday that the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced on Thursday that transgender inmates will now be allowed to receive hormone therapy treatments, after a transgender inmate at the Macomb County Correctional Facility pushed for the changes.
The new policy was slipped into place, effective June 26, and it’s all taxpayer funded, MDOC spokesperson Chris Gautz admitted.
“It will come out of our general fund budget, so it is taxpayer funded. Previous to that, if someone had the hormone therapy going on, families who have the financial means to provide that for their loved one that’s in prison would have the ability to provide that payment, as well,” Gautz stated.
Now, transgender inmates suffering from “gender dysphoria” will be able to receive hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery while they are in prison.
Requests for treatment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and if an inmate believes they need treatment, a new Gender Dysphoria Collaborative Review Committee will give the inmate a medical and psychological evaluation, as well as put together a treatment plan.
Special accommodations could be provided, such as a private cell, “relatively private” access to toilets and showers, “gender-conforming” clothing and other items.
Additionally, inmates may be allowed hormone treatments or surgical procedures. Hormone treatments are estimated to cost between $50 to $70 monthly per individual. To see more on this, watch the video by clicking here.
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