Prisoners: Sexual Offences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th May 2020.

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Photo of Baroness McDonagh Baroness McDonagh Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sexual assaults have been carried out by trans prisoners against women prisoners and prison officers in prisons in each year since 2010; in which prisons any such assaults took place; and in each case, what action was taken against the perpetrator.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

We have strict safeguards in place to care for and manage transgender individuals in custody while protecting our staff and others in custody.

There have been no reported incidents of any type of sexual assault against prison officers by transgender prisoners.

Since 2010, out of the 122 sexual assaults that occurred in the female estate a total of five of those were sexual assaults against females in custody perpetrated by transgender individuals. These occurred at HMP Low Newton, HMP Foston Hall, HMP Peterborough (Female) and HMP Bronzefield. However, we are not able to break this data down year by year, as it may then be used to identify individuals. Information on the action taken against each perpetrator is not held centrally.

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