Latest updates and analysis
Police Scotland: Leaving the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
On 20 February 2023 the Daily Mail reported that Police Scotland had withdrawn from the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) scheme. The scheme is described by Stonewall as ‘the...
23rd March 2023
MBM note to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee. 6 March 2023
This note provides a further update on our petition. We comment on recent responses to the Committee, submitted by Police Scotland, the Scottish Government, the Crown Office and Prosecution Service...
6th March 2023
Briefing note on SPS Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment Policy
On Wednesday 22 February, the Scottish Parliament’s Criminal Justice Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Keith Brown MSP and the Chief Executive of the Scottish...
16th February 2023
MBM statement on the Scottish Prison Service urgent case review
The SPS urgent case review is not drafted for clarity. Careful reading shows that the SPS still believe that there are some male prisoners whose sex should not automatically...
10th February 2023
Lucy Hunter Blackburn: speech to the No Males in Female Jails demonstration, 9 February 2023
“One of the first times I spoke in public on women’s rights was in June 2019, on this subject – what was happening in prisons in Scotland. I said...
9th February 2023
Guest blog: does the Scottish Prison Service risk assessment for placing transgender prisoners protect women?
In the end, the only risk the SPS seems to be concerned about, was the risk to themselves. A guest blog by Dr Alessandra Asteriti Dr Alessandra Asteriti has...
6th February 2023
MBM response to the Justice Secretary statement on protecting prisoners
The recent controversy over the placement of trans identified male prisoners in female prisons has thrown into sharp relief how, for the best part of a decade, the Scottish...
29th January 2023