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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Report reveals thousands of cases of sexual abuse in US federal prisons

Washington, 13 December. Thousands of women incarcerated in federal prisons have reported sexual abuse by prison staff, at least two-thirds of the nation’s federal prisons, a report by the United States Congress revealed on Tuesday.

After an eight-month investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, led by Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff, lawmakers found that over the past decade, federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employees had committed “at least” 19 out of 29 existing facilities. misbehaved with the prisoners. those days.

As of 2012 two of them, FCC Coleman in Florida and MCC in New York, are no longer dams or are no longer in use.

In “at least” four prisons, including the last two, many women suffered months or years of sexual abuse.

Ossoff said in his investigation’s presentation to Congress, “Let’s be absolutely clear. This situation is intolerable. There has been a systematic failure to prevent, detect, and stop it. Change begins with truth.”

The BOP is responsible for the custody and care of the prisoners. As of this past November, there were approximately 160,000 people incarcerated in its 122 facilities, of which there are currently about 11,000 female inmates in 27 women’s prisons. Of those 27, six are for women only and 21 are for both men and women.

That agency has opened 5,415 internal affairs cases alleging sexual abuse by male and female inmates over the past decade.

But according to lawmakers, the BOP fails to hold employees accountable for their conduct and an estimated 8,000 internal cases remain pending, some more than five years old.

The report details that delays in resolving complaints have “impeded the BOP’s ability to hold its employees to account.”

Their investigation, which questioned more than two dozen people, including twelve women who were victims of these attacks, reminds that sexual abuse of prisoners by BOP agents is a federal crime that is also subject to administrative sanctions.

Among those survivors is Carolyn Richardson, who was jailed in New York and suffered months of abuse.

He said that at first, the officer in question seemed concerned about his well-being. He said in his appearance in Washington, “Then he was only interested in sexual favors. I believe that by sharing this we can reform the system.”

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