A women given a prison sentence was placed in a male prison. Now she’s dead. This is just not good enough.
In the midst of Transgender Awareness Week, Vicky Thompson is found dead in a men's prison. She was 21 years old. Fuck this world.
— Anna Madeleine (@annamadeleine) November 19, 2015
Whilst I believe that sentencing should be primarily about community safety, rather than punishment for the sake of punishment, I understand that a prison term is an important sentencing tool to have available for some situations. But that doesn’t mean we lock people up and throw away their human rights.
Transgender women already face a disproportionate amount of violence and discrimination in general society. It should be obvious that placing a woman in a male prison is asking for trouble. And yet, it continues to happen.
RIP, Vicky Thompson.