Guards Accused in Half of All Prison Sex Assaults
But the vast majority of cases are dismissed
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2014 2:11 PM CST
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(Newser) – Guards are accused in roughly half of all prison sex assaults, yet they almost never face charges for them, according to a grim new Justice Department survey of prison administrators. There were 8,000 sexual abuse reports logged between 2009 and 2011, the report says, an 11% increase from the previous two years, although that might just be a sign of better reporting. Roughly 90% of those are dismissed as "unfounded" or "unsubstantiated," Pro Publica reports.

Even among the handful of officially substantiated cases, fewer than half of the accused guards were prosecuted, and only 1% were convicted. About a third were allowed to resign before the investigation finished, leaving no record that would prevent them from getting another job. Another 22% did not lose their job at all, the Washington Times reports. Perhaps that's why assaults appear to be grossly under-reported. A survey that polled inmates directly last year estimated that more than 80,000 had been assaulted over a two-year span. "It’s a big deal for an inmate to file a report, especially if it’s against staff," said one prison activist. "They have to have some sense that something will come out of it, and there’ll be no retaliation."

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James Smith
Jan 26, 2014 10:22 AM CST
I was in prison and worked in the boiler room. I had a boiler overseer that also worked in a female prison unit. As a boiler room overseer. He told me that those women would offer him sex for favors. They wanted things that the prison did not offer or sale. And would give him sex if he would have brought them what they wanted. He claimed that while he always refused, other male guards never would. He claimed that many times he would go to the boiler room, to find it closed and locked. And when he would knock on the door other male guards would tell him to go on. Because they were busy having sex with the lady boiler operators that were working. I had maintenance officers tell me that while they were in movement through lady prison cell blocks. That the women would be laying on their bunks in their cells, naked, and as they passed by they would holler, " hey boss, look ", and they would be pointing to their privates. And they would ask them " want some "? While sexual assault may be an issue. Those encounters in many cases or permissive. Under circumstances of those women selling themselves, for favors.
Lou Bernardo
Jan 26, 2014 6:57 AM CST
Who said all the inmate "attached" are women? As for women, when they don't get what they want the first thing they do is cry rape.
newyorker99
Jan 25, 2014 7:14 PM CST
There's a women's prison in Georgia where inmates were being sexually abused by subhuman, worthless, scumbag criminal guards. After so many years of complaints against them, they finally got rid of in-house male guards and replaced them with female guards. Sexual abuse went down dramatically. I believe that inmates should be guarded by same sex ONLY. The opposite sex have no business being in places where they shouldn't be, whether it's male or female prisoners.