What is the right prison environment for a transgender woman?
By John Welford
October 30, 2015 5:53pm CST
There has been a distressing case recently in the UK involving someone who is biologically male but has spent her entire life as a woman and undergone extensive genetic reconstructive surgery. She has been convicted on an assault charge and sent to prison for a short sentence. However, she was initially sent to a male prison, where she had a terrible time due to her very feminine appearance. After much publicity and protest, this decision has now been reversed and she is continuing her sentence in a female prison. What is the right action to take in such circumstances? What if a person is not quite so far down the gender transference route? British law states that the decision on what prison regime is appropriate depends on what is stated on a person's birth certificate. This can be changed via a "gender recognition certificate" is a person changes sex, but not everyone remembers to have this done and the process is not always a rapid one. What should happen if a certificate has not been granted for one reason or another?
5 people like this
• Northampton, England
31 Oct 15
@indexer I think they eventually chose the right solution. Assign people on the basis of their appearance. She's a stunning blonde with a pneumatic chest. Putting her in a male prison was going to be a massive problem for both her and the other prisoners.
• United States
31 Oct 15
Well given the circumstances, I would say the transgender would do better in the womens prison as I think it may be an easier time. I could be wrong though. Yeah certificate or not, I believe that would be the correct way to handle it. Prison is brutal over here though so feel they would face terrible consequences either way.
• French Polynesia
30 Oct 15
I personally don't feel like it is up to me to decide this one. I feel the courts and the system will need to make the final decision on this one. I also feel if the person's safety is a risk factor they might have to change the way they do things too.