Governments Can Stop Prison Rape
May 18, 2012 9:22 AM Subscribe
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In other positive criminal justice
news, the US Department of Justice has issued long overdue rules
for combating sexual assault of prisoners in federal, state, and local penitentiaries.
(PDF) require prison officials to develop procedures for preventing and reporting on sexual abuse, as well as ensure adequate staffing levels in juvenile facilities, restrict contact between juvenile inmates and adult inmates, ban cross-gender searches of female inmates, and provide protections for LGBTI inmates and inmates with disabilities or limited English speaking ability. The rules come on the heels of a new study
(PDF) claiming that nearly 10% of former inmates of state prisons have been sexually assaulted at some point while incarcerated.
Prison rape elimination advocates are lauding
the new rules; however, the rules do not cover immigration detention facilities
, where more than 170 allegations of abuse have been made in the last four years.
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