Report: 90,000 Inmates Sexually Victimized
August 31, 2010
A new study by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that 4.4 percent of prison inmates and 3.1 percent of jail inmates reported being sexually abused by another inmate or staff member in the previous 12 months. Nationwide, the percentages translate to the sexual victimization of 88,500 inmates in 2008-09.
Earlier this month, a coalition of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Baptist Convention called on Attorney General Eric Holder to approve standards aimed at eliminating prison sexual assault. Proposed by the bipartisan Prison Rape Elimination Commission, the standards include screening inmates for risk of victimization; putting in place procedures to manage inmate predators and prosecuting them when appropriate; and focusing on treatment and care of victims.
08.26.2010; Pete Yost
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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