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Transgender woman Vicky Thompson found dead in a male jail

Vicky Thompson
Vicky Thompson and boyfriend Robert Steele

Vicky Thompson 21, had told friends that she would commit suicide if sent to a men’s prison. It is unclear at the moment what the cause of her death was but West Yorkshire Police said Thompson’s death was not being treated as suspicious, according to the BBC. Thompson had asked to be sent to a woman’s prison but was sent to a Leeds jail after she violated the terms of her parole.

Thompson was found dead on November 13th, but her death was just reported yesterday November 19th. Her death is being investigated by the prison service.

Thompson’s boyfriend, Robert Steele, said he had spoken to her a day before and had booked a visit to the prison before her death.
“She didn’t like it in there because people were saying things to her because she was dressing as a female,” he said.

Current UK Prison policies provide the system with subjective decision making powers in determining where a prisoner is to be sent. However it is usually dictated by the gender on one’s birth certificate. Once that decision has been made a prisoner can file for a gender recognition certificate and ask to be moved. But that’s too much for some to bare as they are faced with a long wait.


Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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