Trans woman sent to male prison. Government promises are ignored

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Tara Hudson, was moved to a female facility after a public campaign – and since her release has been vocal in criticising her treatment. But despite the promised review, it was confirmed that yet another woman, who does not wish to be named publicly, is being held in a men’s prison in England.The woman’s MP Daniel Zeichner has pressed the issue: “When you are guilty of a crime, society expects an appropriate punishment. But this is a double punishment – not just deprivation of liberty, but failing to respect transgender people as well.It is deeply sad that in the 21st century transgender prisoners are being treated in this way I hope there will be swift action to stop their rights being violated”.

At present, it is common for incarcerated trans people to be sent to a prison that reflects their legal gender, despite safeguards designed to protect them. However, this means trans women who have not yet completed the bureaucratic gender recognition process are often initially sent to the ‘wrong’ prison – even if they have been living as female for many years. Trans groups have warned that demographically, trans women facing prison time are also the least likely to have secured a Gender Recognition Certificate, due to the complexity of the process.

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