Former Labor MSP Jenny Marra tweeted: “Cannot quite believe that the Scottish justice system has just put a violent man convicted of raping two women in women’s prison Cornton Vale housing some of the most vulnerable women in our country.
“Ministers need to explain why and take responsibility.”
Speaking on the BBC’s Politics Live, David Blunkett, the former Labor cabinet minister, said: “There’s a guy called Adam Graham, or he was Adam Graham, two-time rapist, who decided to trans and could end up in a women’s prison in Scotland. This is just not acceptable, just simply not acceptable.”
He admitted Labour, which voted for the Holyrood law but has said at a UK level it does not agree with key aspects of it, was “a bit all over the place” over trans issues.
A Scottish Prison Service (SPS) spokeswoman said: “Decisions by the SPS as to the most appropriate location to accommodate transgender people are made on an individualized basis, informed by a multi-disciplinary assessment of both risk and need.
“Such decisions seek to protect both the well-being and rights of the individual as well as the welfare and rights of others around them, including staff, in order to achieve an outcome that balances risks and promotes the safety of all.
“Where there are any concerns about any risks posed by an individual, either to themselves or others, we retain the ability to keep them separate from the mainstream population until an agreed management plan is in place.”