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Separate transgender unit to be set up at UK prison for first time

Prisoner hands on barssource: Yahoo News
published: 4 March 2019

Female transgender prisoners will be housed separately from other inmates at a prison in Surrey for the first time in the UK. A wing at HMP Downview, in Sutton, will be used to hold three transgender prisoners without access to other inmates, Sky News reports.

The three women hold gender recognition certificates, meaning their gender transition is legally recognised.

Usually transgender prisoners are housed according to their legally-recognised gender, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Read the rest of this entry

Women shouldn’t be forced to seek refuge inside a prison

Borstal young offender cellsource: Politics.co.uk
published: 20 May 2016

By Claire Cain
Over the years Holloway has been like a refuge to me – sleeping in doorways was tough. When it was freezing and there was snow on the ground, I would never have survived outside.”

The above quote is from the story Survival, part of an online collection of anonymous first-hand accounts about life in soon to be closed Holloway prison. It says everything about why we, at the national charity Women in Prison (WIP), have launched a campaign to Reclaim Holloway, and why we want to see a different approach to prison reform from that set out in the Queen’s Speech.

Every year around 9,000 women are sent to prison, yet the only risk of harm posed by most of them is to themselves. Suicides in prison are on the rise. Read the rest of this entry

Grandson of last British woman to be hanged fights to clear her name

Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis

source: Sunday Post
published: 27 June 2016

The grandson of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, has vowed to carry on the fight to clear her name. Steven Beard, 27, is seeking a pardon for Ellis, despite a Court of Appeal ruling that her conviction was not a miscarriage of justice.

The glamorous London nightclub hostess was sent to the gallows for shooting dead her abusive lover, racing driver David Blakely, in 1955.

Mr Beard believes new evidence published by writer Carol Ann Lee in her book, A Fine Day For A Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story, could be the basis for a fresh appeal. The book was published four years after Georgina, Mr Beard’s mother, died of cancer in 2001. Read the rest of this entry