New Crisis in British Prisons
by Mustang (Our man on the beat in the UK)
From the Daily Mail, it has been reported that 20% of deaths inside women’s prisons were … wait for it … men. Wow. As far as problems go, it doesn’t get more complex than this. My first unanswered question was, why are these people dying? No, that isn’t what this article was all about. It was all about understanding the “unique problems of transgender inmates.” And then I learned that men dying inside women’s prisons is a statistician’s nightmare. How on earth can any respectable prison statistician analyze data when no one is quite sure whether an inmate is a he, or a she?
The British prison system is grappling with the problem right this instant. According to advocate Nicola Williams of Fairplay For Women (no, Peter, not foreplay for women), it’s impossible to tell what’s going on. “Political correctness must not lead to women and transgender inmates having distinct needs ignored,” she said in an interview.
Between 2016 and 2018, there were 23 deaths of women in UK prisons. Four of these women were men. Personal note … and I’m not sure I can speak English any plainer than this: if four were men, then they weren’t women. Two of these “women” were born men. One of these had no previous diagnosis of gender confusion. The last fellow must have been a very efficient scam-artist.
It is true that our world is becoming increasingly more complicated, and this problem within British prisons may be a truly complex. On the other hand, it is also possible that prison managers are making the problem more difficult that it need be—as some things are actually quite simple.
Stephen Wood was convicted of raping women on two separate occasions; changing his name to Karen White doesn’t make him a female, but that’s what he did, and that’s how he ended up in a woman’s prison. No matter, Stephen/Karen was found dead in his/her cell, so the problem now is a statistical one: how does the statistician classify Stephen/Karen in prison records? It is true that Stephen pulled off a masterful trick in avoiding men’s prisons where rapists become butt-boys for other inmates; what we don’t know is whether Stephen/Karen “self-identified” as a lesbian.
Presently, the United Kingdom is holding 139 “transgender” prisoners … half of these are in prison for having committed sex crimes.
I know, I know.
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