A suspension and an “urgent review of current practices”.

On Sunday, the Scottish Executive announced the halt to transfers of violent transgender people to women's prisons.

This decision comes after two emblematic cases created strong reactions.

Explaining that he understood the emotion in public opinion, Scottish Justice Minister Keith Brown said he hoped that the measures announced on Sunday "will reassure the prison administration's ability to (…) ensure the safety" of all people. detained.

"We must not allow the idea that trans women pose an inherent threat to women," he insisted, "It's predatory men who are a risk to women," he said. he added, “Like any group in society, a small number of transgender women will commit offenses and be incarcerated.”

Transgender people make up 0.2% of Scotland's prison population, he said.

London blocks trans-identity law

According to British media, Tiffany Scott, a transgender woman held in indefinite detention because she was considered a risk to public safety, particularly after having harassed a 13-year-old girl from her cell by sending her letters, had obtained her next transfer to a women's prison.

Another transgender inmate, Isla Bryson, was convicted on Tuesday of raping two women in 2016 and 2019 before she transitioned to female.

First incarcerated in a women's prison awaiting a decision on her sentence, she was eventually transferred to a men's institution.

These cases come as London recently blocked a law passed in Scotland to facilitate the recognition of gender change, allowing it without medical advice and from the age of 16.


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