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Second UK trans inmate found dead in mens prison

Wed 2 Dec 2015 In: International News View at Wayback

A trans inmate in the UK has been found dead in her cell at a men’s prison, only weeks after the death of a trans inmate in another UK prison facility. Joanne Latham was found dead in her cell at the HWP Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes, where she was serving a life sentence for attempted murder. A Prison Service report states that Latham barricaded herself in her cell and blocked the observation panel of the door, prison staff requested to enter her cell where she was found “unresponsive”. In early November trans inmate, Vicky Thompson, was found dead in the men’s prison HMP Leeds. There is currently an inquest into her death. Currently trans inmates in the UK who do not hold a Gender Recognition Certificate are able to be sent to a prison of their preferred gender however local activists say the rules surrounding this decision are not always followed.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 - 2:00pm

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