Skip to comments.Texas has worst record of prison sex abuse - 5 of the 10 U.S. facilities w/ highest sexual assault
Posted on 04/05/2010 11:23:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
...Sexual abuse is a problem in prisons from Rikers Island to Albany.... Texas still stands out as the state where sexual assault in prison is most prevalent.
Five of the 10 prisons with the highest rates of sexual abuse in the country are in Texas. That includes the top two, Estelle Unit and Clements Unit.
Garrett Cunningham was an inmate at the Luther Unit in Navasota in 2000, when he says a corrections officer twice his size accosted him on his way to the shower, handcuffed him, raped him and then forced him into the shower. Cunningham said the officer threatened to have him transferred to a rougher unit where I would be raped all the time if he told anyone...
...Now, the federal government is implementing new standards...
New standards were proposed last June by a commission formed after passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003..
Protecting prisoners from sexual abuse remains a challenge in correctional facilities across the country, the commission for the new law stated in its 259-page report. Too often, in what should be secure environments, men, women and children are raped or abused by other incarcerated individuals and corrections staff.
...Nationwide, the rate of inmates reporting sexual victimization within a prior 12-month period was 4.5 percent. At Estelle, it was 15.7 percent.
Four other Texas prisons were in the top 10... Those prisons had rates of abuse from 9.3 to 13.9 percent...
...Not all sex between corrections officers and inmates is coerced; 6 percent of Clements inmates reported consensual sex with staff. But even if an inmate is willing to have sex with a corrections officer, it is illegal.
Because of guards' position of power over their charges, prisoners cannot legally consent to sex with corrections officers...
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
If you don’t want to give it up, don’t do the crime.
Gonna say if you ain't lookin' for lovin' from Bubba, don't do the crime.....
I had a female co-worker quit to take a job as a corrections officer;she was really into the whole "uniform" thing.
That go for young males who were sexually abused by staff?
There exists a culture of corruption in prisons.
And we are on the hook for a potential civil rights lawsuit for millions of dollars.
Yes, because we know innocent people are never falsely accused, right?
I personally think that prision staff really doesn’t care if inmates are raped.
Seems homos are the more likely to go to prison as there seems to be loads of prison rape. Straight men don’t rape other men. Homosexuality is a mental illness.
"Watch your corn-hole buddy"
Texas just has to be the most horrible state in the union! LOL!
(I love Texas, wouldn’t live anywhere else)
You do understand that they also permit violent attacks and murders as well, right?
That seems a little unworkable considering the 3rd sentence of this article.
Problem is, some of them didn’t do the crime. Also, with the way our country is going, posting here or speaking out against zero could become a crime. Something like “sedicious conspiracy.”
In any event, no prisioner deserves to be raped. Period. Rape isn’t supposed to be part of our justice system.
In any event, no prisoner deserves to be raped. Period. Rape isnt supposed to be part of our justice system.
I agree. It is just possible an inmate could have been wrongly convicted (the Mass. Day-Care abuse travesty comes to mind). Or someone could be in jail for a minor offense. Besides, allowing rape to continue is simply enabling and maybe providing additional training to people who will continue raping when they get out of prison.
I am going to have to totally disagree. Rape is not a part of the sentence. And non-violent and even completely innocent people go to jail too.
Having said that, I have to wonder why people are shocked by this kind of thing. Those in prison aren't generally nice guys.
The only way to prevent prisoner on prisoner rape is to put Chasity belts on them.... or build them little individual houses with showers, a bathroom, and nice kitchenette, and their own personal exercise yard.
“New standards were proposed last June by a commission formed after passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003.. “
If Congress actually cared about this law in 2003, the “New Standards” would not just last June, SIX YEARS LATER, finally be being proposed; they would have already been in place and in practice nationwide by then.
Does that absolve the Colon Rectal Officers or are you in favor of turning humans into toilets for others amusment?
It’s despicable. And if you don’t care about abuse of your fellow man at the hands of the state, consider that we are so over-lawed today that ANY of us could find ourselves in prison. The fact that you and I post at this subversive web site makes it even more likely for us.
If they were convicted on evidence from the Houston Crime Lab there is a good possibility the guy/gal might not belong.
Whenever male rape in prisons comes up there is always a reaction of some to make light of it, or even to try and justify it, a few almost seem to enjoy the idea of young guys busted for a crime “giving it up” in prison, I think that suppressed homoerotic fantasies are partly involved in those reactions.
There is something very weird in this decades old tolerance by seemingly normal white males and voters, of homosexual rape and breaking in of straight men as part of their prison sentence, and what does it say about the administrators and uniformed males that run the gay playground prisons?
There is a sub story to this that has never been looked into.
“we are so over-lawed today that ANY of us could find ourselves in prison”
Exactly! Very well said.
Christian compassion on display!
now just hush about doing the crime...we both know this is ungodly. It is state sponsored rape and I do not care what the prisoner did, is it ok for a guard to rape him?
Would that guard be welcome in your home? to babysit your children?
So shame on anyone here who talks tough and ignores the crime here, the state sanctioned crime.
Theres no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there arent enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
There are men in prison with “life” sentences who then murder when they are behind bars. We were told at time of conviction that they would “never kill again” and that we don’t need a death penalty for some prisoners.
What do you do to further punish such a prisoner?
Ultimately prisoners are in the care of the State. Guards are not just there to keep the other guards from getting injured by prisoners.
Actually, the way to do this would be to put closed circuit cameras in every part of the prison (including showers, prison guard locker rooms and toilets), and require the warden to keep - on pain of dismissal with revocation of pension and imprisonment - several years worth of video archives. The ACLU, which would probably sue to prevent this, is going to go apeshit, but cameras everywhere would also do a number of contraband smuggling and other categories of crime.
Anyone directly or indirectly implying homosexual rape as a judicial correctional tool, deserves to suffer the same.
I stand by my statement, if you don't want to be raped in prison then you better think if the crime you are thinking of is worth that risk.
And if you are in prison based on evidence from the Houston Crime Lab, then you are a multiple victim.
Seems homos are the more likely WORK IN prison as there seems to be loads of prison rape. Straight men dont rape other men - how would you know?
Homosexuality is a mental illness. — If there were women to rape, they would be — Rapists are the mentally ill ones here, the homo angle is an afterthought.
It was probably safer before you guys abandoned the rope and the tree. ;-0
I know a few people that have woked in Jails, the story don’t smell right. Prisoners buggering each other is old news, staff another. Most prison guards that I have met are rather macho and to be branded as a sodomite might be a problem.
Anyone convicted of prison rape ought to be shackled down, fed through a tube, and cleaned off via an overhead shower head that turns on for a 1/2 hour every day and empties into the toilet drain pipes. Let the bastards learn to hold it in or soak in their own waste for most of the day. (Again, an impractical idea because of the ACLU).
“Straight men dont rape other men - how would you know?
Are you really THAT stupid? If you sodomize a man you are a homo by definition. You cannoy possibly be straight. If you have sex with other men you are a homo, no matter the reason.
“You would if you were one of the how ever many percent convicted in innocently. “
Yes, just lask week FR had that thread about the guy that planted child-porn on a guys computer so he would be arrested, and then his wife would be available, or someone could plant drugs in your car...next thing you know, you’re screaming set-up as they cart you away.
Yes. We’re supposed to be a nation of laws. No state includes rape as a penalty for crimes committed.
Inmates don’t go to jail or prison to BE punished. The fact that they have lost their freedom IS the punishment. Criminality in any form cannot be tolerated in a correctional setting whether it is perpetrated by an inmate or an officer. Any person, at any moment could be swallowed by the system regardless of their guilt or innocence. If that happens, you (or your wife or child) will be years extricating yourself from the situation. At that point it will be too late and no one will be interested in your views on humane treatment of prisoners. It’ll just be sour grapes from a guy who “didn’t want to give it up”.
No, but bi men do. There are a lot more of them than homosexuals.
“No, but bi men do. There are a lot more of them than homosexuals.
Bi is homo. Once again, if a man has sex with men, regardless if he has sex with women, animals or himself, and regardless of why, he is a homo.
Am I to understand you correctly that you think that homosexual rape is simply part of a normal prison sentence?
Or should be?
For once I agree with you.
And not because I am planning on an extended vacation in Huntsville, either.
First, people don't like to spend money on prisons. It costs a lot of money to build and staff a prison in such a way that it's unlikely prisoners would be able to get at and rape each other.
People doing long sentences are very creative. The lengths prisons go to to prevent anything from being used as a weapon are unreal. They even make the toothbrushes extra short so people can't make the handle into a shiv.
Prison guard money isn't good and the work isn't fun. This means you get people in there as guards that you'd rather not hire.
As others have noted on this thread, there's also a tendency to believe the justice system makes prison too cushy, and the rape of inmates is a way to extract the justice that the courts didn't deal out. It's a tough problem to overcome.
No one deserves it.
Not part of a formal sentence, that's stupid.
Guards don't care or are part of the problem.
You do something or not to get thrown in prison there is a risk of being raped.
Fact of life in any prison. ...you're not in Kansas any more!
Report it to the guards and then your labeled a snitch.
Is it fair, hell no, it's prison!
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