Rape behind Bars

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Rape Behind Bars
New York Times
Previous studies have found that juveniles housed in adult facilities were at greater risk of sexual assault than adults.

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May 25, 2013

Rape Behind Bars

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

A new federal report shows that the nation’s prisons and jails have a long way to go before they comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. That 2003 law requires institutions receiving federal money to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on rape and to embrace rigorous prevention measures like those outlined last year by the Justice Department.

The report, released this month by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, makes clear that prisons and other correctional institutions are falling well short of the law’s requirement to address this kind of abuse. It names several institutions that have particularly high rates of inmate-on-inmate or staff-on-inmate assaults.

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