Ministry of Justice Review on "The Care and Treatment of Transgender Prisoners"

Posted on: Thursday 4th of February 2016

The Ministry of Justice announced that it will be undertaking a review of the Prison Service's Guidelines on 'The care and treatment of transgender prisoners'.

If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person who has been in prison or if you are writing to a trans or gender-nonconforming person in prison you may be interested in participating in the review.

Background: In 2011, the Ministry of Justice issued mandatory guidelines (PSI 07/2011) on ‘The Care and Management of Transsexual Prisoners’. Written to comply with the Equality Act 2010, the 20-page guidelines identify a number of duties and responsibilities that prisons must fulfil to respect the rights of trans-identified prisoners. The guidelines cover issues such as the placement of trans identified prisoners within the 'male' and 'female' prison estate, access to gender-appropriate clothing, access to medical care and bullying and harassment. 

A number of concerns have been raised about the guidelines and the Ministry is undertaking a review. 

If you are writing to a trans* or gender-nonconforming person in prison, we encourage you to write to your penpal and let them know about the review.

The Bent Bars Collective recognises that there are various reasons why individuals and groups may or may not wish to participate in this review and we fully respect those different choices. Regardless of those different positions, we feel it's important for trans and gender nonconforming people in prison to be informed of the review so they can make a choice about whether they would like to participate.

Ways to participate in the Review:

Online Survey:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TGReview.

Comment by Email: TransgenderReview@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Written Responses by Post: Address to George Barrow, Transgender Review, Ministry of Justice (4.12), 102 Petty France, London SW1P 9AH

The terms of reference of the review are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/review-into-the-care-and-management-of-transgender-offenders.

If you are writing to someone in prison to let them know about the review, we encourage you to mail them a printed copy of the terms of reference or encourage them to share their experiences of how they are treated in prison as a trans or gender nonconforming person. 

Responses are due by: 24 February 2016.