Over 70 people headed to HMP Doncaster last month to mark the International Day of Solidarity With Trans Prisoners with a demonstration in solidarity with Jenny Swift, who took her own life at the men’s prison in December after being refused hormones.
The group, including Doncaster residents as well as members and supporters of the trans community from Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, converged on the island prison (“Doncatraz”, to locals) for two hours on Sunday, January 22nd to make these demands:
- Ensure that hormone prescription and monitoring is part of contracts with prison primary care providers, including bridging prescriptions for those awaiting formal treatment
- Ensure that all prisoners have full access to GPs and secondary care gender identity clinics
- Stop the defunding and privatisation of the NHS, healthcare must be provided based on needs not profit
- Transgender prisoners must have the right to choose a prison most appropriate to their gender identity, while respecting their individual needs and safety
- Reduce recidivism (currently, around half of released prisoners are convicted again within one year) by stopping cuts to benefits and mental health services, providing affordable homes and reducing licence conditions.
- Halt the expansion of the prison estate, including proposed “mega prisons” in Manchester and Leicester – instead increasing funding for schemes around reparative justice and other alternatives to incarceration
- Reduce prisoner numbers by ending unjustifiable Joint Enterprise convictions, releasing all IPP prisoners who have served their terms, and setting a lower threshold for remand prisoners.
Join us on Monday, 27th February to take action against the opening of the country’s first “mega-prison”, HMP Berwyn in North Wales: Protest Na i Garchardai – No New Prisons.