State Prisons Need to Reduce Rapes or Lose Federal Funding

June 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission released its five-year-long study, proposing across the board changes in our nation’s prisons to do more to reduce the occurrence of rapes inside prison walls. Once the Justice Department adopts new national standards, prisons receiving federal funding must implement them within a year or lose a portion of their federal funds.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, chairman of the commission set the tone for the report by stating that incarcerated criminals have basic human rights and the fact that they are locked up “…does not mean that their human dignity can be abused.”

The commission found that by far, more rapes occur inside prisons than in jails, with short, young, gay or female prisoners most at risk. Some prisons reported a range of 9 percent to 16 percent of its prison population were victims of rape, while others reported no rape victims within its walls.

The commission points to these statistics as proof that with proper safeguards, prisons can significantly reduce rape. The commission issued several recommendations including the adoption of a a zero-tolerance policy, increased internal monitoring and better training for prison staff.

The commission’s report will be reviewed by Attorney General Eric Holder to use as a guide to implement tougher national prison standards.

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2 Responses to “State Prisons Need to Reduce Rapes or Lose Federal Funding”

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  2. Abigail on June 23rd, 2009 11:35 pm

    Good grief… and I’m betting most of those rapes go unreported.

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