Introduction — March 6, 2018
Karen Jones, who was born as a man called Mark Jones, has been invited to launch a review on transgender people in the criminal justice system in the House of Lords. As the correspondent who sent this in asked, what does it say about our leaders that a confirmed criminal is invited to give them advice?
The House of Lords has the power to amend or reject proposed legislation. Yet here we have them requesting the advice of a convicted criminal. In other words confirmed criminals are advising this supposedly august body and guiding them over the laws we live under. Ed.
Transgender activist jailed for killing her boyfriend and trying to rape shop assistant five days after being released from prison is invited to speak at HOUSE OF LORDS
Emily Hall and James Fielding — Daily Mail Feb 27, 2018
A transgender activist jailed for manslaughter and attempted rape was invited to give a speech in the House of Lords, MailOnline can reveal.
Karen Jones was asked by Lord Patel to talk about how the criminal justice system can better help transgender offenders.
Ms Jones, 34, who was born Mark Jones, is a convicted sex offender described by a judge as posing an ‘extremely serious risk’ to the public.
She was jailed for five years in 2001 after admitting suffocating and strangling 43-year-old partner Michael Cutler and leaving his decomposing body wrapped in a sheet in their Manchester home.
Five days after being released early on licence in 2002, Jones brutally assaulted a female shop assistant after gagging her mouth with a lemon and trying to rape her. She was sentenced to life in prison.
She said the attack was a cry for help so that she could go back to prison and have the sex change operation she had needed all her life.
But since being freed has become a motivational speaker, having also given a speech on transgender issues to Yorkshire Ambulance.
Lord Patel of Bradford, who is chairman of the Community Innovations Enterprise, which aims to change government policy on a wide range of diversity issues, was fully aware of Ms Jones’ criminal past.
A spokesman said: ‘As far as we are concerned she has done her time and paid her debt to society.
‘The event she gave a speech at was aimed at raising awareness of transgender issues in the criminal justice system so why shouldn’t she take part?’