LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Update Dec. 2, 2015. Second UK trans woman found dead inside a men’s prison. The Guardian: “A transgender woman has become the second trans prisoner in the space of a month to apparently take their own life while serving time in a male jail in England.
Joanne Latham, 38, from Nottingham, died in Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes on Friday. . . . She was serving a number of life sentences for attempted murder . . .
Her death comes just weeks after the death of 21-year old Vicky Thompson, who was being held at Armley, a category B men’s prison in Leeds.”
(Original article Nov. 20, 2015) It’s every trans woman’s nightmare — ending up in a male prison. Even if not physically harmed by other inmates, the mental assault on their mind is sometimes enough to be deadly. This might be the case here.
Vicky Thompson was found unresponsive in her cell in a UK prison. Although paramedics attempted resuscitation, she was pronounced dead on Friday Nov. 13, 2015. The cause of death has not been announced but the West Yorkshire Police said the death in not considered suspicious.
News reports state the victim mentioned to friends she would kill herself if she ended up being placed in a prison for males. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman said there would be an investigation.
Since it is not a suspicious death, this leaves cause one of 3 possible things, a health problem, an accident, or suicide. It would not be prudent to speculate until further information is released. As of this writing, I’ve not seen any confirmation from an official source.
I can say, that a trans woman dead in a male prison for whatever reason is not the kind of ugly PR any prison wants the media banging on their doors about. Hopefully it’ll trigger a change, even if just to keep the media at bay.
Vicky Thompson: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-34869620
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