Catch-22 for trans prisoners

07 Aug 2017

In prison canteens, waiting areas, and staff rooms around the country, quasi-court hearings are taking place every day, with members of the Parole Board gathering to decide whether certain prisoners are fit to be released and reintegrated into society.

While the prisoners are often legally represented, this is meant to be an informal process with the board answering a simple question: whether it is necessary for the protection of the public that a certain prisoner should remain in detention.

One of the main ways in which a prisoner can tip the scales in their favour is to genuinely engage with the multitude of courses and program...

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