Support Prison Rape Elimination recommendations

I intended to post about Just Detention International’s petition to eliminate prison rape earlier this month, but it slipped my mind. I noticed the petition again while reading The Sexist today. JDI’s petition is directed at Attorney General Eric Holder. It comes following the recent study about sexual violence against juvenile inmates. From the website:

On March 10, 2010, the Department of Justice opened a 60-day public comment period on national standards addressing sexual abuse in detention. Released last June by a bipartisan federal commission, these common-sense measures have the potential to help end sexual abuse in detention. But the standards are opposed by some powerful corrections leaders. These officials argue that it is too expensive to stop prisoner rape, and they seem to have a great deal of influence over the Department of Justice.

Send a letter below that will be entered into the official record as a public comment urging the Attorney General to enact strong standards to end sexual abuse behind bars.

The letter is on the site. It is worth signing since all of the recommendations are actually doable. The only reason prisons do not employ them is because of the financial cost, meaning prisons are willing to allow people to be get raped in order to save money. It is bureaucracy at it best, and it needs to be stopped.

Please sign the petition.

6 thoughts on “Support Prison Rape Elimination recommendations

  1. Hold on, by “prison rape” you mean the rape of female prisoners by men, yes?

    The current funding overwhelmingly goes towards preventing that, you see.

  2. That’s not what I’ve read. I’ve read that money allocated by the feds to stop rape in prisons first goes to women’s prisons and then, if there’s something left-over, it goes to the other prisons.

  3. That’s a great question, TS. Some years ago I was flipping through commentary in a newspaper (I think it was the Boston Globe, but I could be wrong) which summed-up the federal program in those words.

    Yes, I know, it’s not as good as finding a link and I probably should’ve had the link handy before saying anything.

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