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New South Wales Australia
September 1995

ADOPTED BY:
AIDS Council of NSW, NSW Users and AIDS Association, Hepatitis C Council of NSW, The Gender Centre, Prisoners Action Group Justice Action, Aboriginal Deaths In Custody Watch Committee

ENDORSED BY:
National Centre in HIV Social Research, Macquarie University, Redfern Legal Centre, Drug Law Reform Committee, NSW Council for Civil Liberties

8.2 RECOMMENDATION:
That sexual harassment of women prisoners be treated according to the full extent of the law. That women prisoners be given information and encouraged to report any such sexual harassment.

8.3 RECOMMENDATION:
That, where a positive woman prisoner is the primary care provider for her children, the Department of Corrective Services facilitate such extra contact as is necessary for the proper maintenance of family relations.

8.4 RECOMMENDATION:
That, given the higher documented rate of self mutilation amongst women prisoners and the associated risk of transmission of BBCDs from blood spills, special counseling programs should be developed for those considered to be at risk.

9. TRANSGENDER PRISONERS
9.1 RECOMMENDATION:
That a policy on transgender prisoners be developed and implemented by the NSW Department of Corrective Services. That each prison with transgender prisoners be required to provide services addressing the specific needs of transgender prisoners.

9.2 RECOMMENDATION:
That the Department of Corrective Services liaise with community-based services expert on gender issues for accurate information about the special needs of transgender prisoners.

9.3 RECOMMENDATION:
That transgender prisoners be protected from sexual assault and coerced sexual activity from other prisoners arising from their particular vulnerability.

9.4 RECOMMENDATION:
That the NSW Department of Corrective Services provide relevant training in regard to issues pertinent to transgender prisoners. That this training be undertaken By all custodial staff working in prisons which have a high population of transgender prisoners.

9.5 RECOMMENDATION
That transgender prisoners, sentenced or on remand, should be offered the choice of male or female prison. That transgender prisoners should have the option of remaining in a prison where they feel they are safest, even if their security classification is lower than the prison of their choice. For example, they should have the choice to remain in 'protection tion' and suffer no disadvantage of entitlements from this choice. 9.6 RECOMMENDATION:
That transgender prisoners receive access to material which preserves their human dignity. This includes waxing and shaving equipment, prescribed hormones and appropriate underwear.

9.7 RECOMMENDATION:
That all transgender prisoners receive access to ongoing support, counseling and case management from relevant community services where appropriate and mutually agreed to.

10. EDUCATION
10.1 RECOMMENDATION:
That the Prison AIDS Project be renamed and broadened, and that it continue to update current knowledge of preventive strategies and modify its programs as new information and research becomes available.

10.2 RECOMMENDATION:
That the NSW Prison HIV Peer Education Program be renamed and further broadened and that this program include education about all BBCDs and STDs including life skills and health maintenance.

 

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