10 transgender inmates behind bars, no assaults against them reported: Singapore Prison Service

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11/14/2023

There are currently 10 transgender inmates behind bars, with one of them having undergone a complete sex change, while the remaining nine are in the process of transitioning. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) told The Straits Times that there have been no cases of assault against transgender inmates in prison. How transgender inmates are housed in prison here was broached in Parliament on Nov 7 by MP Murali Pillai (Bukit Batok), in the light of a recent incident in Scotland where a transgender person, convicted of double rape of women, was initially housed in segregation in an all-female jail. The Scottish sex offender, Isla Bryson, was undergoing hormonal treatment to transition to a woman and was remanded in a women’s prison while awaiting sentence. However, Bryson still had male genitalia and was registered as male. Housing Bryson in an all-female jail is in line with the Scottish Prison Services’ policy, which determines housing arrangements based on an inmate’s “new gender”, Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam told Parliament.

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