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Transsexuals must be allowed access to items which help them adopt their new gender, the new rules say, such as medical prostheses and – in the case of those changing from male to female – padded bras and make-up to cover beard growth.
“Transsexual people, particularly those who have not undergone surgery or extended hormone therapy, may use various items to assist with their presentation in their acquired gender,” insists the guide.
“These can range from sophisticated prostheses to padded bras.
“Regardless of their level of sophistication, access to them can only be restricted in exceptional circumstances.
“These items may only be prohibited when it can be demonstrated that they present a security risk.”
Any prison which attempts to stop transsexual prisoners from having such items could be taken to court for judicial review, the paper warns.
“Both male to female and female to male transsexual people may use make-up to present more convincingly in their acquired gender.
“Make-up that is vital to presenting in the acquired gender, such as foundation to cover up beard growth, may not be restricted.”
Unlike other male prisoners, transsexuals will not be expected to wear prison uniform if they are punished by being moved to the basic privileges regime.
“Allowing male to female transsexual prisoners to wear their own clothes is not a privilege,” it says.
“It may be helpful to explain this to other prisoners who are required to wear prison uniform.”
The document advises that suitable clothing can be ordered from the Additions mail order catalogue, if the inmate has enough money. Alternatively, friends and family can provide garments or nearby prisons could donate clothes, it adds.
If a previously-male inmate has been through the legal process to obtain a “gender recognition certificate” as a female, then they are entitled to a place in a female prison unless there are security grounds for refusal, it says.
If no certificate has been issued then a meeting should be held to decide whether the inmate should be in a male or female prison, it continues.
“Before a prisoner is placed in custody, attempts must be made to determine which gender is recognised under UK law,” say the guidelines which come into force on March 14.
“This is a legal issue rather than an anatomical one, and under no circumstances should a physical search or examination be conducted for this purpose,”
The number of transsexual prisoners is said to be very low but in 2009, a transsexual killer who was born a man won a High Court legal case to be moved to a women’s jail because holding her in a male prison was a violation of her human rights.
The killer, known only as “A”, was serving life for manslaughter and attempted rape committed while she was a man. She had her female status legally recognised even though she had not completed gender reassignment surgery, the court heard.
Last month it emerged that an inmate at a women’s prison was a transsexual who was still waiting for a swap operation.
Nicola Wilson, 23, was sent to Cornton Vale in Scotland after being remanded on an assault charge. She was born Joseph and has yet to undergo gender reassignment surgery, but has started to form breasts due to hormone treatment.
The Prison Service has previously issued official instructions on how to deal with pagan inmates which said they were allowed among their possessions a hoodless robe, rune stones and a flexible twig for a wand.
In 2009, 366 inmates declared their religion as paganism and last year it was agreed they should be given four days off prison work a year to celebrate pagan festivals including Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane.