Inmate Jenny Swift was found dead at HMP Doncaster on December 30, reports The Star.
Her death, believed to be suicide, is currently being investigated.
Formerly known as Jonathan, she was held at the private male prison in connection to the death of Eric Flanagan, 26. A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice has confirmed they were aware she was transgender when a decision was made to hold her at the Category B prison. No further explanation has yet been given on why.
A friend has since claimed Jenny requested to be placed in a female prison — her request was denied. They also confirmed she’d been taking female hormones for three years but was not provided with her medication once inside the prison.
A spokesperson for the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman said: “We are sorry to be informed of the death of Ms Swift at HMP Doncaster, and can confirm that an independent investigation has begun.”
They added: “Our independent investigation will aim to identify the full circumstances of the death and whether there were any failings in Ms Swift’s care.
“Where possible we will identify lessons to be learned and make recommendations to help prevent similar deaths in future.”
An inquest into her death is to be opened soon.