Require sex of VATP & sexual offenders be recorded throughout justice system.

The law should require that all authorities throughout criminal justice system (police, courts, prisons & probation) record the biological sex of all individuals investigated, charged, convicted, imprisoned for the offence types i) VATP & ii) "sexual offences" including rape & attempted rape.

12,380 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Wednesday 7th July 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
6
Signature Deadline
Friday 7th January 2022
Estimated Final Signatures: 12,528

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Recent Documents related to Require sex of VATP & sexual offenders be recorded throughout justice system.

1. Require sex of VATP & sexual offenders be recorded throughout justice system.
28/06/2021 - Petitions

Found: should require that all authorities throughout criminal justice system (police, courts, prisons & probation)

2. Women and the Criminal Justice System 2019
26/11/2020 - Ministry of Justice
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Found: Guide to Statistics on Women and the Criminal Justice System , 201 9 2 Introduction

3. Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) annual report: 2018 to 2019
31/10/2019 - Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service
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Found: - Annual Report 20 1 8 /1 9 Ministry of Justice Statistics Bulletin 31 October

4. Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) annual report: 2018 to 2019
31/10/2019 - Ministry of Justice
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Found: - Annual Report 20 1 8 /1 9 Ministry of Justice Statistics Bulletin 31 October

5. Criminal justice system statistics quarterly: September 2020
18/02/2021 - Ministry of Justice
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Found: 1 A Guide to Criminal Justice Statistics

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Recent Speeches related to Require sex of VATP & sexual offenders be recorded throughout justice system.

1. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
15/11/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: new Clause— “Sex-specific incarceration for violent and sexual offenders After section - Speech Link
2: changing rooms, NHS single-sex wards and in prison; their whole existence as biological women is under existential - Speech Link

2. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (Eighteenth sitting)
22/06/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: about complainant’s sexual history‘(1) Section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 - Speech Link
2: consent”—‘(1) Section 42 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 is amended as follows - Speech Link

3. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
05/07/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: during the recent election campaign for our new police and crime commissioner, I have had the opportunity - Speech Link
2: Traveller communities. It will turn civil offences into criminal ones and punish littering and inconvenience - Speech Link

4. Oral Answers to Questions
25/02/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Coroners and Justice Act 2009 could be changed finished last summer, as he said. The former Justice Minister - Speech Link
2: convention enshrines the rights of survivors of sexual violence; it includes the right to access crisis - Speech Link
3: committing more resources to rape crisis centres. For example, rape and sexual abuse support services have - Speech Link

5. Joint HMI Prison and Probation Report
24/01/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: the management and supervision of men convicted of sexual offences.First, let me begin by acknowledging - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Require sex of VATP & sexual offenders be recorded throughout justice system.
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VATP - Violence Against the Person

MOJ Offender Management Statistics (OMS-Q) show that > 99% of all sexual offenders are male (never below 99% for two decades 2001-20).

ONS & Eurostats (2018) show 88-90% of those "sexually offended against" are female.

Sex - 'protected characteristic' Equality Act 2010
- biological & immutable Lancet 8 Dec 2018

Consistent with UK Govt's commitment to act on male violence against women & girls incl MOJ "End-to-End Rape Review" published 18 June 2021.


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Government Response

Thursday 14th October 2021

The Government does not plan to require biological sex to be recorded across the criminal justice system in this way. Policy is being developed in certain areas of demographic recording.


Policy responsibility for managing suspects and offenders is split between the Home Office (role of police) and the Ministry of Justice (courts, prisons and probation).

Currently, the Home Office does not centrally mandate how an offender’s sex or gender identity must be recorded by police. It is for each individual police force to decide what information to record. However, Home Office officials are working with the police to promote a standardized approach to recording basic demographic characteristics of victims and suspects of crime. This should bring greater accuracy and consistency of the recording of sex and gender identity.

Any such changes to police recording should influence how Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) records offenders, since magistrates and Crown Courts use data supplied by the police.

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) record the legally recognised gender of prisoners (or best available evidence where this is not known). The gender a prisoner identifies as is recorded in addition to the legally recognised gender, where this is different, which makes it clear that this is not the person’s legally recognised gender.

Officials have noted that ‘biological sex’ has not been defined in the petition. If ‘biological sex’ is defined in terms of anatomy, or chromosomes, then there would be both ethical and logistical challenges for the police or the HMPPS in determining this for every arrested suspect or prisoner. For instance, it would not be appropriate for the police or HMPPS to physically examine every suspect/prisoner in order to determine ‘biological sex’ if it had one of these meanings. Accordingly, there are no plans for the police or HMPPS to record the biological sex of prisoners.

Assuming that ‘biological sex’ is defined as the sex a person is assigned at birth, HMPPS’s position is as follows. Most people’s legal gender will remain the same as their sex as recorded at birth throughout their lives. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 allows transgender people who have (or have had) gender dysphoria, and intend to live in their acquired gender for the rest of their life, to change their legal gender. They can do this by obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC), which is in effect a replacement birth certificate. Section 9 of the Act states that:

“Where a full gender recognition certificate is issued to a person, the person’s gender becomes for all purposes the acquired gender (so that, if the acquired gender is the male gender, the person’s sex becomes that of a man and, if it is the female gender, the person’s sex becomes that of a woman).”

Where a prisoner has a GRC, HMPPS will continue to record their legal gender, in line with the law. HMPPS will continue to manage prisoners with GRCs according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HMPPS policy framework: ‘The Care and Management of Individuals who are Transgender’, which is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/863610/transgender-pf.pdf.

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