Right up front, I have never been to jail or prison, so I have no firsthand knowledge or experience with this subject...but it is such a common
"given" of life as an incarcerated individual, that I take it as fact that a great many people suffer this great indignity while behind bars.
A 1992 estimate from the Federal Bureau of Prisons conjectured that between 9 and 20 percent of inmates had been sexually assaulted. Studies in
1982 and 1996 both concluded that the rate was somewhere between 12 and 14 percent
With a prison population in the U.S. of about 2.5 million people, this would mean that somewhere between 225,000 and 500,000 of those currently in
prison have been sexually assaulted. These are staggering numbers...
While some people might find the idea of prison rape to be funny, or somehow part of the punishment for one's crimes, I think that in reality this
prison violence has no place...at all.
If one gets sent away for fraud, or robbery, or past due taxes...or whatever...isn't a person entitled to be able to serve their court-mandated time
in peace, quiet and dignity? Shouldn't an inmate be able to expect to be protected from other violent elements of "the population"?
If he is not protected, and suffers a sexual assault...shouldn't he be able to sue the County, State or Federal Government (as the case may be) for
pain and suffering, for having failed to provide adequate security?
I am aware that the Government passed the "Rape Elimination Act" in 2003...but that does not seem to be having its intended effect.
If various levels of Government began to get their butts (pun intended) sued off, to the tune of multi-millions of dollars...then maybe finally the
system would change.
I am very curious to learn:
1) Can inmates legally sue the Government for this?
2) What does ATS think about his whole issue?
edit on 23-12-2011 by mobiusmale because: typos