A leading prison reformer has said prisoners who have committed violent offences against women should not be able to transfer to women’s prisons if they have not legally changed their gender, after it emerged that a transgender inmate had sexually assaulted fellow prisoners after transferring to a women’s prison.
Karen White was on remand for multiple rapes and other sexual offences against women when she transferred to New Hall prison, near Wakefield.
Last week it emerged that after transferring to the female prison, she was accused of four sexual assaults against other inmates between September and November last year, before being moved to a men’s prison.
White admitted to the sexual assault of two inmates when she appeared at Leeds crown court on Thursday to admit to a rape she had committed before she was sent to prison.
Frances Crook, the chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said vulnerable women were being put at risk by a small number of violent men whose primary interest was harming women.