Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Obama Administration: zero tolerance for prison rape

In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act to combat rape and victimization in jails, prisons and halfway houses. Now, nine years later, another president has unveiled mandatory screening, enforcement and prevention regulations.to protect inmates from other prisoners and prison staff.
Anti-rape advocates and victims of prison rape, while saying the standards are not perfect, cheered the new regulations. ...The regulations were announced only minutes after the Justice Department unveiled a new survey of former state and local prisoners that showed that almost one in every 10 reported at least one incident of sexual victimization by prison staff or other inmates.
Via Steve Rothaus

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