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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

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Thirty two women die following restraint

Woman in jail cellsources: Mental Health Today
published: 3 July 2018

Thirty two women died after experiencing restraint over a five year period, according to new figures obtained by Agenda, an alliance for women and girls at risk.

The data, on patients detained under the Mental Health Act, suggests women were more likely to have restraint-related deaths than men between 2012/13 and 2016/17.

Younger women made up a large number of the restraint-related deaths – 13 were aged 30 and under, compared to four men in that age range. Read the rest of this entry

New report: Still Dying on the Inside

Office Files Bindersource: INQUEST
published: 2 May 2018

INQUEST has today released Still Dying on the Inside: Examining Deaths in Women’s Prisons.

The report highlights the lack of action from successive governments and puts forward recommendations to redirect resources from criminal justice to community-based services and close women’s prisons.

Still Dying on the Inside was launched yesterday evening at a parliamentary meeting hosted by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. INQUEST’s work with bereaved families seeks to make visible the women behind the statistics and we heard powerful and moving testimonies from family members of women who have died. Read the rest of this entry