Sometimes it's hard to know what all these groups actually do, when much of the work is behind the scenes & unseen.
A short thread on one very important aspect of our work, our work in Parliament.
Our work in Parliament is one of the most important things we do. We believe that lasting change can only be achieved through legislation. Short term, we work for policy change & guidance. But legislation is where it is at.
This year we have provided in-depth online briefings on women in prison & single sex provision to:
21 MPs
11 Peers
8 MSPs
We have provided written briefings to many others and have had numerous conversations with Parliamentarians and Ministers at Conservative and Labour Conferences and at other meetings.
Our supportive MPs & Peers have submitted over 50 written PQs. Despite the standard non-answers, the answers received have given us information about policy reviews & changes to MoJ practice. It also ensures that concerns about women in prison are in the public domain.
We are about to publish our first report. This will look at women's prisons in Scotland and will be distributed to MSPs, Scottish MPs and, of course, the media. We already have meetings lined up in Westminster to discuss the implications.
We are now pushing to take this into oral Qs & debate in both the Commons and the Lords. One of our most supportive Peers, Lord Blencathra, has submitted an amendment to the PCSC Bill to insert a clause in the GRA providing for 'gender specific incarceration'
In the Commons, we are hoping that our supportive MPs will be successful in submitting questions to the next round of Justice Questions at the beginning of November.
The money you have donated has made this possible. Thank you.
Please get involved. Write to your MP using our template letters. Consider becoming a constituency contact:
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30 Sep
Here is our new website. Please forgive typos & do let us know about any glitches - we rushed to get this up in time for the Party Conferences:
Lots of information about what the problem is: the policies, the data, the judicial review, the history of male prisoners in women's prisons, the Equal Treatment Bench Book & what happens in court:…
Case studies looking at male prisoners who have been held in women's prisons are here:…
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28 Sep
Our new website is live!
With lots of resources & information:
See how you can get involved: template letters to send to your MP:…
Or to send to your MSP:…
Read 7 tweets
16 Sep
I got off lightly at the hands of @rebell_justice and 'Clare Simms'. I have watched as woman after woman has reported abuse & aggression for daring to say no, publicise what has happened to them & to expose the 'irregularities' in this 'project'.
I commend their tenacity & am pleased I have been able to help, albeit in a minor way. I believe that the full story is yet to be fully revealed. I believe that many well-intentioned people motivated to help women in the CJS have been played & misled into contributing.
Exposing this is in everyone's interests. To those who have said we should have kept quiet, that with less fuss things would have died down & less harm done, I say: shame on you.
Exposing abuse & wrongdoing is a virtue & takes courage. It should not be criticised.
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15 Sep
Paper by Maycock on the views of women in prison re being housed with prisoners of the male sex has finally been published:…
IMHO, the author clearly reveals that he is approaching the research with a pre-formed set of assumptions and that these are projected onto the data during analysis. IMHO, this compromises the study & is a regrettable departure from a more desirable "bottom-up" position
where the researcher is led by the data.
Nevertheless. Important findings are reported:
1. Only three women were reported as ‘almost entirely accepting’ of sharing prison accommodation with prisoners of the male sex who identify as transgender.
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2 Jul
Para 72: It is necessary to be clear about what the court is & is not called upon to decide.... it is a challenge to the lawfulness, not the desirability of the policies.

We will not be giving up until these policies are changed.
Through our work we discovered that the MoJ are in the early stages of reviewing the policy.
We have had PQs asked in both Houses, and will be pressing the Government through more PQs over the coming weeks. Now is the time to focus on the undesirability of these policies.
We will be tweeting about how you can help over the next few weeks when we re-launch our website and our campaign. This all takes money.
Please support us if you can:…
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2 Jul
On 2nd July 2021 at 10.30 am judgement was handed down in R(FDJ) v SSJ. The Divisional Court has ruled in favour of the SSJ that the MoJ’s policies in relation to the allocation of prisoners of the male sex who identify as transgender are capable of being operated lawfully.
This was the first time that the High Court has considered the single-sex exceptions in the Equality Act (2010). As such, we knew this would be a challenging case to win.
Key to this lawful operation is the adequacy of risk ax. At para 79: Throughout the policies, the need to assess and manage all risks is repeatedly emphasised.
The MoJ has repeatedly stressed that risk assessment processes are in place to keep women in prison safe.
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