Transgender woman said she would leave male prison ‘in a box’

Vikki Thompson
Vikki Thompson

source: The Guardian
published: 2 May 2017

A transgender woman sent to a male prison was found dead in her cell after repeatedly warning that she would leave “in a box”, a jury has heard.

Vikki Thompson, 21, had been living as a female since she was 10. She died within a month of arriving at HMP Leeds in October 2015. She had changed her name when she was 17, but had never applied for a gender recognition certificate and had not had any gender reassignment surgery, the coroner Jonathan Leach told Wakefield coroner’s court on Tuesday.

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Sarah Reed told family of alleged sexual assault in hospital

Sarah Reed
Sarah Reed

source: The Guardian
published: 4 February 2016

The prisoner on remand who died in her cell last month wrote to her family to say she had been sexually assaulted while receiving treatment at a secure mental health unit.

The Guardian has learned that Sarah Reed, 32, was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent over the incident in October after striking back at her alleged abuser. But rather than being released back into a secure hospital, she was held on remand at Holloway prison, north London, where she was found dead on 11 January.

Reed’s family, who she wrote to from jail, insist that she was acting in self defence.

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Grand jury will not indict any cops for jailhouse death of Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland

source: Raw Story
published: 21 December 2015

A Grand jury in Waller County, Texas ruled on Monday night that no officers should be indicted in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, KTRK-TV reported.

Bland was found dead inside her jail cell on July 13 with a trash bag wrapped around her neck, three days after video of her arrest sparked a national outcry against use of excessive force against black Americans. Her death was later ruled to be a suicide.

Bland’s mother, argued in a wrongful death suit filed against county and state officials that Elsa Magnus and Oscar Prudente showed “deliberate indifference” to any risk of Bland killing herself inside her cell. The county responded by blaming “her family and friends’ refusal to bail her out of jail” for Bland’s death.

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