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25 Nov
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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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
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/?
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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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24 Oct
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
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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:…
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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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29 Jun
At the end of last year @scottishprisons (again) stated the intention to review the 2014 policy on transgender prisoners. (The one written by James Morton of @ScottishTrans - remember?). Review is urgently required and must include women in prison & groups representing them.
Our repeated inquiries of @scottishprisons have been met with silence. We call upon the Justice Committee to seek urgent evidence from @scottishprisons on the status of this review:
Please consider supporting us:…
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29 Jun
We’re not only about the MoJ and HMPPS. Please support our work in Scotland:…
Did you know that the Scottish Prison Service policy on transgender prisoners is emblazoned with the logos of Scottish Trans Alliance & Stonewall?
Did you know that the policy was written by James Morton of Scottish Trans Alliance?
Did you know that getting TW into women’s prisons early on was a deliberate choice intended to provide ‘proof of success’ to enable roll out across other sectors?
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24 Jun
The time has come to take KPSS to the next level to enable it to become a more professional organisation.…
When we first started almost 12 months ago, we consisted of a few boxes of stickers and a Twitter account run by 1 women as she recovered from covid. We have now grown. Some of our work you may be aware of.
Parliament: we have formed a growing and committed team of MPs and Peers across the political spectrum. KPSS has been responsible for 20 questions asked in both houses about the sex-based rights of women in prison.
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21 Jun
I assume that all the investigative reporters and documentary makers who exposed the doping scandal in cycling & the systemic cheating will also be working hard to expose the inclusion of male-sexed athletes in female categories?
We've already given you a heads up in terms of who these athletes are, so part of the work has already been done for you.
Heads up: the doping scandal only happened at the elite level. Making female categories mixed sex is happening at EVERY level. So you can pick your human interest angle: the elite female athlete who now comes 4th, the school girl who misses out on a college scholarship,
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3 May
This conviction for child sexual offences has been recorded in the female crime stats. This will falsely elevate the true numbers of females convicted of these offences this year.… Image
Where offence categories are only rarely committed by females, the addition of just 1 or 2 males in the female stats has the ability to dramatically skew the female numbers.
Is this the explanation for this?…
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4 Mar
Summary of Day Two: The Case of Karen Jones

Defence referred to legal case brought by a TW with a GRC who had not (yet) had surgery, and who sought to be transferred from the male to the female estate. We have identified this as the case brought by Karen Jones:
The judge in that case ruled in favour of Jones, stating that to deny the request was both in violation of Article 8 rights and ‘irrational’. We assume that defence case is similarly that to exclude TW (at least those with GRC) from female estate is ‘irrational’.
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