Sharron Davies backs new restrictions on trans prisoners with 'male genitalia’ at women's jails

Her comments come after justice secretary Brandon Lewis announced that trans prisoners with "male genitalia” should “no longer be held” in women’s prisons

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Sharron Davies has backed restrictions calling for transgender prisoners “with male genitalia” to not be sent women jails.

Her comments come after justice secretary Brandon Lewis announced that trans prisoners with "male genitalia” should “no longer be held” in women’s prisons.

Mr Lewis confirmed that the new rule is not a blanket approach, with exemptions to be considered on a “case-by-case basis”.

The justice secretary added that he would bring forward a new policy on the matter later this year.

Mark Dolan and Sharron Davies
Mark Dolan and Sharron Davies
Justice secretary Brandon Lewis announced that trans prisoners with male genitalia” should “no longer be held” in women’s prisons
Justice secretary Brandon Lewis announced that trans prisoners with male genitalia” should “no longer be held” in women’s prisons

Speaking on the matter on GB News’ Dan Wootton Tonight, Ms Davies told Mark Dolan: “It seems crazy that someone can identify, after they’ve committed a crime, when they identify as a man and they are male.

“And no one can change them from male to female, you will be male for the rest of your life.

“To then to identify as a woman to be put into a women's prison is so, it seems so offensive.

“When before they were actually arrested, they were quite happy to be a man.”

Speaking about the reforms, Mr Lewis said: “On October 4 I announced reforms to our policy for the allocation of transgender prisoners.

“Under the reforms, transgender prisoners with male genitalia should no longer be held in the general women’s estate.

“This will not be a blanket rule; exemptions to these new rules will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

“This will also apply to transgender women who have been convicted of a sex offence.

“Further detail about these reforms will be announced when we publish our updated transgender prisoners policy framework before the end of the year."