Scotland introduces new measures as transgender prisoner coverage reviewed

LONDON (Reuters) – The Scottish authorities mentioned on Sunday it will assessment the administration of trans prisoners and introduce measures within the meantime to cease transgender individuals with a historical past of violence in opposition to girls being positioned in feminine prisons.

On Thursday, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned {that a} transgender lady convicted of rape can be moved out of an all-female jail after considerations have been raised over the protection of different inmates.

On Sunday, the federal government mentioned no newly convicted transgender prisoner with a historical past of violence in opposition to girls can be positioned in a feminine jail, and that no transgender individual already in custody can be moved from a male jail to a feminine one.

“We should not permit any suggestion to take root that trans girls pose an inherent menace to girls. Predatory males are the danger to girls. Nonetheless, as with all group in society, a small variety of trans girls will offend and be despatched to jail,” mentioned Scottish justice minister Keith Brown.

“I hope that the measures … will provide reassurance within the ongoing capability of the jail service to handle trans people and make sure the security of all prisoners.”

Brown mentioned the Scottish Jail Service was reviewing its insurance policies, however these had not been modified by the passage of Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Invoice.

The invoice, which helps a self-identification course of for altering gender and a decrease minimal age, was blocked from coming into power by the British authorities.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Enhancing by Ros Russell)

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