Within the past 18 months, it has been revealed that 12 prisoners who identify as transgender and were convicted of violence or sexual crimes have been accommodated in Scottish women’s jails.
A review conducted by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) into Scotland’s transgender prison policy will look at the possibility of ending the practice of transitioning male inmates demanding a move to female housing, according to The Times. Only one of the prisoners had fully transitioned, with the other 11 self-identifying as female, figures released under Freedom of Information laws revealed.
Campaigners are claiming that the policy of allowing prisoners to self-identify without the need for a Gender Recognition Certificate is not legal. It is also traumatizing for female prisoners , many of which have a history of suffering male violence.
Director of the campaign group Keep Prisons Single Sex Dr. Kate Coleman, urged prison heads to take into account the impact on women of housing trans prisoners among them.
“The evidence clearly indicates that where prisoners of the male sex, no matter how they identify, are held in women’s prisons, women in prison are negatively impacted,” she said. “I trust that the SPS will pay heed to that fact.”
“My experience is that […]
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