HM Inspectorate of Prisons has released its report into an inspection of HMP Downview. This women's prison is the site of E Wing, the unit for prisoners of the male sex with a GRC cannot be 'safely' managed in the general population:…
Some initial thoughts:

The report states that there was 1 prisoner located on E Wing, all others having been 'progressed back' to the general population.
The report omits how many prisoners of the male sex with or without a GRC are in the main prison.
We know of 1 such prisoner with a GRC (previously on E Wing) this year.
It is regrettable that the inspection did not take place when women were also held on E Wing for the purposes of isolating due to Covid.
The Equality Impact Ax obtained by @fairplaywomen shows that E Wing was initially considered for both high risk 'transgender women & non-transgender women', although this was rejected.
Housing women on E Wing concurrently with GRC holders is a worrying precedent.
We wonder how many of the adjudications were for 'misgendering'? We know that women in prison get a punishment for not using preferred pronouns. How many of the 7% who had been in segregation had been placed there for that 'offence'?
Half of women would not report another prisoner for bullying or victimisation. Does this % depend on whether or not the prisoner in question is a 'male woman'?
Women who present a high level of risk to others are supervised appropriately. How is this impacted by the biological sex of the prisoner?
Eliminating discrimination & fostering good relations are excellent aims. However this was one of the drivers behind the decision to locate E Wing in the female estate, not the male estate, and to permit prisoners located there to mix with prisoners in the general population.
The concern was not to discriminate against this group of prisoners with a GRC & not to treat them differently to 'other women'. Women's safety did not just come 2nd, it came nowhere.
Earlier this year, we discovered from PQs asked by one of our supportive MPs that E Wing policy is due for review. We will pursue this. We are also in ongoing conversation with Charlie Taylor, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and will continue to raise our concerns.
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