The United Kingdom’s Justice Ministry has released new guidelines for transsexual and transgender prisoners outlining how staff should treat them.

According to the guidelines, prisons must “permit prisoners who consider themselves transsexual and wish to begin gender reassignment to live permanently in their acquired gender.

“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. These can range from sophisticated prostheses to padded bras.

“Access to [these] can only be restricted … when it can be demonstrated that they present a security risk which cannot be reasonably mitigated.”

Prison staff must address inmates by their preferred gender and allow them to order gender-appropriate clothes.

Prisoners with a gender recognition certificate will be placed in the prison of the gender on their certificate while others will be placed in the prison deemed most appropriate after conferring with prison authorities.

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