Government Reports Claim U.S. Prisons Full of Rapist Guards

By Political Blind Spot

A new report published by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) along with one just released by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), paints a disturbing picture of a prison system filled with rapist guards and wardens who are indifferent or complicit in the sexual abuse.

With reports of inmate rape on the rise, half those sexual assaults are committed by correctional officers themselves, according to the studies.

Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003, demanding that prisons and jails keep detailed records of incidents of rape. These statistics are published by the government annually. But this year’s report said that some 49 percent of the incidents involved prison staff members committing “sexual misconduct”.

Female prisoners seemed to experience disproportionate numbers of sexual assaults, but among men, almost 90% of reported rapes were defined as “unsubstantiated”. Part of the reason for this involves the fear of some men to come forward after being raped, particularly when prison guards were involved.

If the prisoners do not come forward immediately and receive a medical examination, the prisons – and thus the government report – typically relegates their claims to the category of “unsubstantiated.” It is important to note that the 49% figure comes only from the “substantiated” reports, meaning that if those other 90% of claims are true, the figures could be even more staggering.

Allan Beck, a statistician who co-authored the report, told Reuters that a study from May 2013 (PDF) demonstrated much larger numbers, documenting a staggering 80,000 inmate allegations of sexual abuse or assault during the period between 2011 and 2012.

“Of course, we find much higher rates of sexual victimization through inmates’ self-reports than what comes through in the official records,” Beck told Reuters.

In Alabama alone, 36% of all prison staff members were involved in some form of sexual abuse.

Female inmates in Alabama’s Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women have been subjected to atrocious acts of sexual abuse – and the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) did nothing about it.

The Department of Justice report found that Alabama’s rampant abuse violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. The DOJ has even called upon Governor Robert Bentley (R) to make immediate changes or the state will face a lawsuit. Meanwhile, the media has been nearly silent on this matter.

“Tutwiler has a history of unabated staff-on-prisoner sexual abuse and harassment,” the report explained. “The women at Tutwiler universally fear for their safety. They live in a sexualized environment with repeated and open sexual behavior…”

Just as disturbing, the DOJ admitted that there is a lack of protocol for reprimanding staff members in many of the prisons where these sexual assaults take place.

Ironically, the United States is filled with people on the left and right who are quick to stand up for First and Second Amendments of the Constitutional Bill of Rights. But when it comes to the Eighth Amendment of not facing cruel and unusual treatment as a result of criminal prosecution, most go silent. If this matters to you, help get the word out and wake people up to the institutionalized prison-rape system that has become disgustingly prevalent in the United States of America.

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