We have been working to encourage calm, respectful dialogue and discussion on the practical challenges of housing transgender individuals in the prison system.
The management of offenders is difficult at the best of times, but Prison Service policy has been severely tested by the growing number of transgender-identified prisoners.
We are saddened to announce that the conference, Prison Abolition in the UK, planned for 23 and 24 May, has been cancelled.
Unfortunately, one of our conference partners has, in recent weeks, been subjected to concerted pressure by those intent on disrupting the conference. In the circumstances, they felt they had no option but to pull out.
As an organisation, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies walks the...
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies focuses on the education of the public around issues relating to the criminal justice system across the UK.
We seek to encourage calm, respectful and informed public dialogue, where differing positions are explored and principled differences are recognised and discussed.
We base our positions on many years’ experience in the field of criminal justice, grounded in our values as an organisation....
Our Director, Richard Garside, is one of more than 50 researchers and academics who have co-signed a letter expressing concern over the harassment and intimidation of those engaged in critical research and discussion on transgenderism.
In recent weeks our Director, Richard Garside, appeared on BBC Look North (Yorkshire) and BBC Radio Two's Jeremy Vine show to discuss Karen White's life sentence, prisons and transgender prisoners.
Karen White, a transgender woman with a conviction for indecent assault, indecent exposure and gross indecency involving children, was sentenced on Thursday after being placed in a women's prison and sexually assaulting two prisoners.
On BBC Look North, Richard said:
As the Government Consultation on reforms to The Gender Recognition Act 2004 comes to a close, we should reflect on what is at stake. As a transsexual person I have a particular interest...
Transgender prisoners – those, mostly males, who assert a gender identity at odds with their birth sex – pose a challenge for prison managers.