And now to Chakrabarti:
Whilst I am sure that Blencathra is relieved to be viewed as a better prospect than a female white supremacist, women are not just as bad as men. Nor do they pose the same risks either by degree or in kind. The data are consistent on this. 1/?
The state does indeed have a duty of care towards all prisoners, but that duty of care cannot be executed whilst we pretend that sex is not a fundamental factor in risk ax & safeguarding. 2/?
She also conflates the same 2 Qs as did Pannick: how to keep vulnerable prisoners in the male estate safe; who is legitimately entitled to be housed in the female estate. Amendment 214 addressed the 2nd of those Qs, yet peers attempt to use the 1st Q as a rebuttal. 3/?
NAMALT - really??? 4/?
Whilst women in prison are at risk of punishment for misgendering, males with GRCs are recorded in the data as female/women and female offenders are called 'non trans women' in MoJ docs, 'debates about the lexicon' are central to the situation faced by women in prison 5/?
I invite her to discuss with those who run men's prisons the circumstances under which it could ever be appropriate to house a female prisoner in the general population of the male estate. END
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16 Nov
Final part for tonight, Lord Falconer:
I disagree - many do not have the slightest problem if all prisoners of the male sex are 'consigned to the male estate'. Many believe that to be the correct course of action. 1/?
As before - the description of the 'current arrangements' as predicated on a case-by-case ax of each prisoner is incorrect, at least in respect of GRC holder. 2/?
(Even if it were true what the heck are these processes doing allowing serious sexual offenders with intact male genitalia into the general population of the female estate?) 3/3
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16 Nov
Brian Paddick:
Firstly, I would never criticise him for not being a woman.
Secondly, I do not hold my views because I am ignorant and haven't had enough experience of the variety of life. 1/?
Yet again, he conflates 2 separate Qs:
How to keep vulnerable prisoners who may be at risk in the male estate safe?
Who is legitimately entitled to be housed in the female estate?
(They really do need to get on board with keeping these separate...) 2/?
He emphasises high rates of mental health problems and high risk of self-harm and suicide. It is implied that this is a reason for allocation to the female estate. Aside from the fact that women have rates of vulnerability that are shockingly high, this again conflates 2 Qs: 3/?
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16 Nov
Thoughts on Lord Pannick:
Pannick assumes that 'many' GRC holders have had hormone tx and that 'some' have had 'reconstructive surgery'. Is this assumption warranted? The GRA does not require this & reports from female offenders state that the v large majority retain 1/?
intact male genitalia. Regardless, surely the argument that because 'some may' have had optional tx that may result in vulnerability in the male estate we should not prevent even those who have not had this tx from being housed in the female estate is a bad one? 2/?
Why is the known increased vulnerability of women in prison an acceptable price to pay to circumvent the problem of male violence? 3/?
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16 Nov
Thoughts on Baroness Brinton's speech:
"The actual facts of what is happening with TW in prisons does not match the opening speech by the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra."
Brinton is mistaken. 1/?
She quotes from the guidance that applies to prisoners with no GRC and falsely extends this to cover prisoners with a GRC. Thus she speaks of full risk ax, transgender case boards, decisions made on an individual basis, etc. However, this is for non-GRC holder only. 2/?
A male prisoner with a GRC is NOT subject to any case board ax. There is automatic allocation to gen pop of female estate regardless of risk, conviction, offending history, anatomy. This gives instant access to GRC holders and is a reason why Amendment 214 focussed on GRC. 3/?
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7 Nov
Please consider becoming a constituency contact and helping us build on the work we have already achieved in parliament. Template letters are here & we can support and advise should your MP or MSP express interest:
Here is a thread about what we have done in parliament. This week (date TBC) our work will see 'sex-specific incarceration' discussed in the Lords. This is a first.
More details about our achievements in Parliament here:

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27 Oct
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.
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