Category Archives: Prison News

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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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

Lack of professionalism and failures criticised at inquest of Emily Hartley

Emily Hartley

Emily Hartley

source: INQUEST
published: 1 February 2018

The inquest into the self-inflicted death of Emily Hartley has concluded with the jury finding a lack of professionalism at HMP New Hall, including in the implementation of suicide and self-harm procedures (ACCT*), contributed to the 21 year old’s death on 23 April 2016.

She was the youngest of 22 women to die in women’s prisons in 2016, the highest annual number of deaths on record. Including Emily, there have been five deaths in HMP New Hall since 2016. Read the rest of this entry