May 7, 2014 5:39 pm

Same-sex prison couple can’t live together

Saskatchewan court dismisses appeal of prison inmates who want to live together.

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SASKATOON – Saskatchewan’s high court has dismissed an appeal by two prison inmates who want to live together as a couple.

Jean Richer and Leslie Sinobert had argued that the Correctional Service of Canada is violating their rights.

The two men say they are in a relationship and want to live in the same house in the minimum-security annex at Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert.

Prison officials denied their request, ruling that Sinobert needs to be in a separate home for inmates with mental-health issues.

A Court of Queen’s Bench judge said last year that she had no jurisdiction to determine if a prison’s administrative decision is unreasonable.

The Court of Appeal says the prison is not depriving the men of their liberty as inmates.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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