Transgender Inmate Moved To All-Female Prison

| by Nicholas Roberts
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An appeal by a British transgender woman against serving her sentence in an all-male prison was dismissed by a panel of three judges on Oct. 30. However, she has since been transferred to an all-female prison.

Tara Hudson, 26, has been living as a woman for her entire adult life. Thought she has undergone six years of gender reconstruction surgery, she is legally still a man.

Hudson was given a 12-week jail term by magistrates after headbutting bar manager Christopher Dyer on Dec. 26, 2014.

According to the Mirror, Prosecutor Neil Treharne told the court that Hudson had gone to the bar to get another drink, and when Dyer took her glass away from her, she "lunged" forward to get it. The bar manager then reportedly held her wrists down, and she head-butted him in the face.

Hudson had eight previous convictions, including offenses for battery.

Hudson was sent to HMP Bristol, an all-male prison, on Oct. 23.

Hudson appealed her stay in HMP Bristol on Oct. 30 before a panel of three judges at the Bristol Crown Court. The panel, led by Recorder Llewellyn Sellick, dismissed Hudson's appeal after ruling that she had a “worrying criminal record,” The Guardian reports.

The court heard that Hudson had been ordered to be separated from the other inmates and kept locked in her cell for 23 hours a day.

Hudson's lawyer, Nicholas Wragg, argued that his client suffered inhospitable conditions at HMP Bristol and found the experience unrelenting. “As she left prison today to come to court, where she was placed in a female cell, she found herself taunted by other inmates shouting: ‘Tara Tara, show us your tits’.”

Sellick upheld Hudson's sentence but instructed the prison service to give "further and sensitive" consideration to whether Hudson should serve the remainder of the sentence in a male or female prison, according to the Mirror.

Hudson was later moved to all-female prison HMP Eastwood Park, the BBC report.

Sources: Metro, The Guardian, BBC / Photo Credit: Facebook via The Guardian