After Karen White: What Is The Government Doing To Make Sure Women In Prison Never Get Attacked By A Male Inmate Ever Again?

How did we get here? Back in December 2015 the government announced there would be a review of the Care and Management of Transgender Offenders. This lead to the launch one year later of a new prison policy by HMPPS (Her Majesties Prison and Probation Service) called PSI17/2016. Two external consultants were used

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Sex attacks: MPs must investigate risks of transgender prisoners

MPs on the Commons Justice Committee must investigate the management of transgender prisoners in female prisons after the latest report that a male-born inmate has been accused of sexually assaulting four vulnerable women behind bars, a women’s rights group has said.  The call was made by Fair Play For Women, which has repeatedly

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The impact of GRA reforms on UK prisons

If government reforms of the Gender Recognition Act are made law there will be dangerous consequences within the UK prison service. Self-identification of legal gender will mean any male prisoner will be able to change his legal sex to female and become eligible for transfer into a women’s prison.  

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New evidence submitted to Prison Planning Inquiry: The rising number of trans-identifying male offenders in women’s prisons.

  The Justice Committee is conducting a new inquiry into the prison population, to find out whether the Ministry of Justice and prison services currently have a credible approach to accommodating the changes anticipated over the next 5 years. Written submissions have been called for and the evidence received will inform

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Probation hostels: GRA reform raises safety concerns for women residents and local communities

Fair Play For Women have recently highlighted the potential risks to women in prison if Gender Recognition Act (GRA) reforms and self-declaration of gender become law in England and Wales. We now consider the impact of any changes on probation hostels and the risks not just to women offenders but also to the local community.

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Trans Prison Swap on Good Morning Britain

ITV programme ‘Good Morning Britain’ featured Fair Play woman Dr Nicola Williams, who researched our article on transgender prisoners. During the 13-minute ‘Trans Prison Swap’ spot Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid talked with Nicola and India Willoughby about whether transgender prisoners should be allowed to choose if they serve their sentence in a male or female jail. (Video)

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Half of all transgender prisoners are sex offenders or dangerous category A inmates

The prison service is not recording data on transgender prisoners systematically. The Ministry of Justice and the prison service did not supply information via Freedom of Information requests, as they stated that there is no ‘business or legal case’ for recording the data; Fair Play for Women strongly disagrees. We think Government policy changes require proper information and an impact assessment.

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