Female prison officers in Scotland have revealed that they are uncomfortable at being forced to search transgender prisoners who still have male genitalia, a duty imposed on them without consultation.

This unpublished paper reporting on research undertaken on behalf of @scottishprisons shows the deep disquiet female officers have with the searching protocols which mean they must strip search 'intact' TW. Male officers also reported to have refused en masse to strip search TM.
Officers clearly recognise that sex matters and that bodies, no matter the gender identity, remain sexed.

Dr Kate Coleman said: “The SPS did not consider the views of women in prison when developing their policy, meaning that this is essentially a live experiment."
The SPS is reported to be ignoring the entirety of Maycock's finding, research which was undertaken on their behalf. Why? From a research ethics perspective, this approach is questionable.
The paper discussed in the Times today remains unpublished. Why?
The paper reporting on interviews with men in prison has never been made available, even through FOIA. Why?

Despite Maycock's apparent lack of neutrality in his analysis & discussion, the findings clearly show there are problems for women in prison and for female officers.
Why simply bin all this research? How is that consistent with good research ethics?

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10 Jan
Thank you to everyone:
who has written a letter to their MP
who has spoken about keeping prisons single sex to friends and family
who has stickered
who has handed out leaflets
who has attended protests & meetings
who has posted on social media
who has made a donation
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who has posted on Mumsnet
who has written an article
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And if you haven't done anything yet, that's fine. Everyone can find something to do.
EVERYTHING from stickers all the way up to Judicial Reviews and Parliament Debates.
It all counts & each action is supported by the others.

So thank you. xx
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10 Jan
@brianpaddick @Sorelle_Arduino @UKHouseofLords Unfortunately, TW with a GRC are risk assessed only using the risk ax tools for female offenders and against the threshold of risk set in place for female offenders. E.g. the OASys Sexual Reoffending Predictor Score developed for use with adult males convicted of sexual offences
@brianpaddick @Sorelle_Arduino @UKHouseofLords ... cannot be used with TW with a GRC (including those convicted of sexual offences) because they can only be risk ax using the tools for adult females (there is no comparable tool for use women).
@brianpaddick @Sorelle_Arduino @UKHouseofLords This means the prison service is restricted in its ability to adequately risk ax TW with a GRC (& e.g. for parole). The threshold of risk that must be met before a TW w/GRC is removed to male estate is that which would see a woman placed in a men's prison. But TW w/no GRC can be
Read 5 tweets
27 Dec 21
I wrote about the Equal Treatment Bench Book earlier this year:
A 'new' new edition was published earlier this month. Whilst some reports have been favourable and have emphasised the new content that recognises that there may in some cases be a legitimate need to refer to the sex registered at birth of those involved in legal proceedings...
I do not share this optimism.
The legitimacy of referring to sex registered at birth or otherwise revealing a person's trans status must be addressed in advance of proceedings at a case management stage.
A witness cannot just decide, permission must be granted.
Read 12 tweets
26 Dec 21
This is NOT a new policy. Police forces have been recording suspects' gender identity for years. Great that the Times is covering this, but I wish they would do their homework: the crime stats are already skewed.

In fact the Sunday Times covered this back in 2019 when they reported on the work done by @fairplaywomen
As for Scotland, Lucy Hunter Blackburn of @mbmpolicy wrote earlier this year, again in the Sunday Times, reporting on FOIAs which show recording rapists' gender identity is already standard practice:

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29 Nov 21
'Excluding Female Offenders', which presents how @scottishprisons has consistently ignored the sex-based needs of women in prison, is our first report. You can read a copy here:
The report presents evidence, not just of the total exclusion of the legitimate needs of female offenders when devising policy that impacts on women's prisons, but the undue influence that @ScottishTrans and @StonewallScot have throughout @scottishprisons
Some might describe this as institutional takeover.
Activities undertaken by @ScottishTrans include: delivering mandatory officer training, running workshops for women in prison on the importance of 'being inclusive' & advising on prisoner transfer.
Read 5 tweets
25 Nov 21
The new MoJ data on transgender prisoners are released today. These show that the trend in increasing numbers of transgenders prisoners, including those of the male sex, is continuing: there has been an increase of over 20% since 2019 when data were last collected. 1/?
Although after R (FDJ) v SSJ, the MoJ are now reporting on the numbers of prisoners with GRCs, the data do not give a breakdown by sex or by estate. 23 prisoners have a GRC. Who are they? Where are they? 2/?
Lord Wolfson states that 2 males with GRC are in the male estate: up to 21 could therefore be held with women. It is STILL impossible to state how many prisoners of the male sex are held with women. This is unsatisfactory and we call for complete transparency on this. 3/?
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