Lancaster self-harming prisoner

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An unnamed violent male prisoner who identifies as a trans woman was reported in December 2015 to have attempted to “remove her scrotum and inject bleach into her testicles.” The prisoner apparently began the gender reassignment process while incarcerated in a male prison in 2008 and declared the intention to live permanently as a trans woman in 2012.

After writing to Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood, she related to parliament that “the prisoner was in the final stages of reconstruction surgery to help her transition before entering custody” and that the National Offender Management Service (Noms) refused the prisoner access to this surgery and hormonal medication.

The prisoner was regarded as vulnerable with a history of self harm and suicide attempts. Cat Smith also said in her speech to parliament that the prisoner said they had been raped twice and sexually assaulted in prison.

No details on the offence the prisoner committed have been reported, but to have been in prison from around 2008 to 2015 and to be transitioning in prison indicates the crime would have been serious and/or violent enough to merit a long prison sentence. The fact that the prisoner was refused a transfer to a women’s prison also indicates the prisoner did not meet risk assessment criteria to be transferred.

Media reports:

The Independent

Daily Mail

Sunday World