Finally, some common sense and decency! UK justice Secretary Brandon Lewis announced that transgender prisoners “with male genitalia” should “no longer be held” in women’s prisons.
Unfortunately, it is not a ‘no males in female prison’ policy but it is a step forward, with exemptions considered for some cases.
Mr Lewis said: “On October 4 I announced reforms to our policy for the allocation of transgender prisoners.
“Under the reforms, transgender prisoners with male genitalia should no longer be held in the general women’s estate.
“This will not be a blanket rule; exemptions to these new rules will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
“This will also apply to transgender women who have been convicted of a sex offence.
“Further detail about these reforms will be announced when we publish our updated transgender prisoners policy framework before the end of the year.”
Conservative Party members gathered at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham applauded the announcement.
[Mr Lewis] said: “We all know that stamping out violence against women and girls does not, cannot, it must not, end just at the prison gates.”
To applause, he added: “It cannot be right that transgender prisoners, when convicted of serious sexual offences or those who have not had reassignment surgery, are housed in a general women’s estate.
“Conference, this will end – we have a duty of care to all those behind bars. One case of a sex attack or an inappropriate relationship formed with a female prisoner by a transgender inmate is one too many and we’ve had too many in recent years.
“Our management of trans prisoners will rely not just on common sense, we will also work on capacity.
“If we need to expand our use of the specialist areas for trans prisoners to further protect women in prison, then we will do that.
“Indeed, as a Government we are committed to creating 20,000 new prison places across the whole of the system by the middle of this decade.”
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said it was the right thing to do.
“Vulnerable female prisoners do not need to be further marginalised by the presence of males in their prisons,” she said.
“No woman, anywhere, should have to compromise her privacy, dignity or safety for the sake of a man who appropriates womanhood.
“This is a good first step. The whole house of cards is set to crumble.”
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