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Posted at 1:27 PM ET, 08/26/2010

1 in 5 sex abuses in inmates' first day

By Washington Post Editors

The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of inmates in prison and 3.1 percent of inmates in jail report being victimized sexually by another inmate or staff member in the past year.

Those percentages translate to the sexual victimization of 88,500 inmates behind bars nationwide from October 2008 to December 2009, according to a study by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The study found that:

  • Female inmates were more than twice as likely as male inmates to report experiencing sexual victimization by another inmate.
  • Among inmates who reported victimization by another inmate, 13 percent of male prison inmates and 19 percent of male jail inmates said they were victimized within the first 24 hours after being admitted to a corrections facility. In contrast, the figure for women was 4 percent for prison and jail.

Tens of thousands of rapes are occurring in America's prisons each year and the new study “finds the problem is even worse than we thought,” Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, said in a statement. 

In a letter earlier this month to Attorney General Eric Holder, a coalition of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Baptist Convention urged that he approve standards designed to eradicate sexual assault in prison.

The standards were proposed by the bipartisan Prison Rape Elimination Commission, which was set up by 2003 law designed to end prison rape.  

“We are working diligently to implement these standards as soon as possible” and expect to send the proposed rule to the White House Office of Management Budget in the fall, said Justice Department spokeswoman Hannah August. 

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | August 26, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation, Prison Beat  
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That's what I have been trying to say. Someone needs to investigate the CTF facility and the DC jail they cover it up and it is not reported. Please someone investigate. I even told the wopo with no response

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | August 26, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The inmates that Rape other inmates should get more time in Jail.

Posted by: ggant | August 26, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree with ggant that the logical punishment for such acts would be more jail time. However, what do you do in situations where the perpetrators are already serving long sentences? Is more jail time really any kind of deterrant when you know you're going to die in jail anyway? I've said it a million times...I really think castration needs to become a form of punishment. If that isn't an incentive to keep it in your pants, I don't know what is. As for the ladies...that might be a little trickier. I'm really having trouble trying to figure out how a woman would rape another woman to begin with, so I'll leave that one alone...

Posted by: ms_mbacpa | August 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think that the victim should be compensated for such a violation. I am sure that this would curve the tide of prison rape.

The Government(s), whom are already strapped for cash will issue a directive very quickly to stop those violent acts.

That should be considered cruel and unusual punishment. If you are in custody of the Government as an inmate, you should be afforded the right to just do your time.

I am sure that in your sentence, they did not say that rape will be apart of your punishment.

Posted by: Special_One40 | August 26, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

How about not being moronic enough to get arrested in the first place? There's a simple solution...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 26, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

How can you write an article about American prisons without pointing out that no country in the world imprisons more of its citizens than the USA? One out of 54 adult male Americans is in prison this morning; in every other advanced democracy, the rate is 5-10 times lower.

Posted by: kcx7 | August 27, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

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