The Scottish Prison Service has proposed that biological males who identify as transgender serve sentences in female prisons, even if they have a history of violence against women. The Telegraph has more.
Trans criminals should serve time in female jails to allow them to prepare for life as women on release, according to “outrageous” new guidance for Scottish prisons.
A Scottish Prison Service (SPS) report said they should “be provided the opportunity and supported to work towards” being housed in a jail cell that “aligns with their affirmed gender”.
This would mean that “on release to the community, they have had the opportunity to live with those who share their affirmed gender”, the guidance said.
A controversial SPS policy was unveiled last week whereby even trans criminals with a history of violence against women could be housed in a female prison if there was “compelling” evidence they did not pose “an unacceptable risk of harm”.
But the detailed guidance on its operation stated that even those deemed too dangerous to be housed in women’s prison could still be allowed to mingle with female inmates in other settings.
It said “there may be other ways of supporting their gender identity, for example through access to work parties, activities or even programmes with others of their gender identity”.
Women’s rights campaigners and the Tories have warned the new policy drastically waters down protections for female inmates introduced following the Isla Bryson scandal earlier this year.
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