There are 200 women behind the 2.4-metre-high barbed-wire fences at the Grand Valley Institute.
Most are the products of shattered and abusive homes, violent relationships, drugs and bad choices.
Unloved and looking for redemption.
Heather Mason was one of them. She knows the fear curdling inside the Kitchener-area jail and others sprinkled across the country.
Stoking that fear has been the arrival of transgender cons with appalling histories of violent sex assaults — and murder.
A dozen more are allegedly slated to arrive at Grand Valley.
“It’s bizarre, among their conditions are to not be around women and children. Where are they? Around women and children,” Mason told the Toronto Sun.