Half of Scottish trans prisoners changed gender after convictions | Scotland | The Times
Half of the transgender inmates in Scottish prisons began transitioning after they were convicted, it can be revealed.
The Scottish Prison Service said there were 16 trans inmates, of whom eight began their transition while “being cared for in custody following their remand or conviction for their current offence”.
The prison service said the other eight trans prisoners began transitioning or were living in their acquired gender when they were convicted or placed on remand. In response to a freedom of information request, the prison service disclosed that six trans prisoners have “current or previous” convictions for sex offences.\
An undisclosed number of trans women are under consideration for a move into the female prison estate. The revelations have led to new concerns about prison transgender policy.
In response to the freedom of information request, the prison service said it was unable to disclose if there were current allegations of sexual misconduct involving trans women prisoners due to the cost that would be involved in providing details. Such complaints would be reported to police, it said.
The service also declined to disclose how many complaints female prisoners had made against trans prisoners since its transgender prisoner policy was introduced in 2014, again for cost reasons.