Transgender wings planned for UK jails in bid to stop sex-change inmates serving in women's prisons

Mail Online | 2/10/2019 | Shari Miller For Mailonline
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UK prisons could stop transgender inmates serving their sentences in women's prisons, as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced it plans to consider revisions to current policy.

The review comes amid the high-profile case of Karen White, a convicted sex offender who is yet to undergo gender reassignment surgery, who was placed in women's prison HMP New Hall after telling authorities he identified as a woman.


He subsequently sexually assaulted two female prisoners.

The 52-year-old, who was previously convicted in 2001 for indecent assault and gross indecency with a child, was ordered at the end of last year to serve a life sentence for the jail sex attacks and two rapes carried out when he was still a man.

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In a question asked about the case in parliament earlier this week, justice minister Ed Argar said the matter was being reviewed and that 'new guidelines' on the issue would be announced soon.

He said: 'We take the Karen White case very seriously. New guidelines will be published shortly, to ensure that [the policy] continues to strike the right balance between ensuring that all female prisoners are kept safe [and] that transgender prisoners have their rights respected.'

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Speaking to The Times, Nicola Williams of campaign group Fair Play for Women, said on the matter: 'This has a significance beyond prisons - it's an admission that allowing males to self-identify as women and letting them into women's space is dangerous.'

In a statement from the Ministry of Justice, a spokesperson said: 'The management of transgender prisoners, who all have different circumstances and pose very different levels of risk, is a highly sensitive issue which poses unique and complex challenges.

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'We are carefully reviewing our policy in this area so that it strikes the right balance between protecting transgender prisoners and their rights, and the safety and...
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