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Scottish Gov’t Pauses Placement of Some Transgender Women In Women’s Prison


The Scottish Government has announced that they will be pausing the placement of transgender women who have a history of abuse or sexual violence against women in women’s prisons, Craig Paton reports for the Scotsman. This announcement comes after a transgender woman, Isla Bryson, who raped two women, was reportedly set to be placed in Scotland’s only all women’s prison. Bryson will now be placed into an all-male prison.

Scotland Justice Secretary Keith Brown noted in a Good Morning Scotland interview that the five transgender women currently housed in the country’s all-female prison have never been convicted of crimes involving violence against other women. Scottish Prison Service (SPS) will be reviewing its policies on the placement of transgender prisoners generally. 

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