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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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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