NEWS RELEASE · 29th July 2010
M. of Children & Family Dvlp.
Minister of Children and Family Development Mary Polak released the following statement today regarding testing on young offenders involving the use of a penile plethysmograph:
"Like most British Columbians, I was immediately concerned to learn of the testing being conducted involving young offenders, which is hard to fathom.
"I asked staff to examine the use of this procedure and, based on the information provided, I have instructed ministry staff to permanently stop any use of this procedure on youth in provincial facilities in British Columbia.
"The safety and well-being of youth is always the top priority of myself and this ministry, and I believe most citizens would agree that the questionable nature of this procedure outweighs any possible medical benefits. I am told that plans for the young people who receive such testing are not compromised by this decision."
"The Representative for Children and Youth is currently reviewing this program, and we will continue to support that review and provide any assistance the representative requires. But to be clear, this type of procedure will no longer be used."