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This will delight TERFs and Tories alike. Trans women in prison now must run the gamut of abuse, assault and humiliation from staff and male prisoners.
The overwhelming majority of transgender women prisoners are now held in male prisons, the Government has disclosed.
In response to an MP’s question, Prisons Minister Victoria Atkins told Parliament that as of last March, there were 146 trans women – people who identify as female, but are legally and biologically male – in prison in England and Wales. Of these, “fewer than five” (meaning between one and four) were held in women’s prisons, and the rest in men’s prisons.
The figure marks a transformation from the situation in 2019, when – according to details which emerged in a High Court case last year – there were 163 transgender prisoners, of whom 34 were trans women being held in women’s prisons. In that year, the rules were tightened to make it more difficult for trans prisoners to get to a prison of their new gender, after concerns were raised about women’s safety.
The figures include only people who are legally and biologically male, but identify as female. People who have legally changed gender, with a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), are counted separately and normally housed in a prison of their new gender. It has previously been reported that there are 23 prisoners with GRCs.
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