Prison staff members are guilty of thousands of sex crimes against inmates each year
By John Vibes
(INTELLIHUB) — Prisons are rightfully associated with high risks of sexual assault, but what many people don’t know is that at least half of these sexual assaults are actually inflicted by people who work in the prison system and have some level of authority over the inmates.
Nearly 9,000 occurrences of sexual assault against inmates in U.S. prisons and jails were reported in 2011, with roughly half of them involving corrections staff, according to a report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.
According to the study, these numbers have been rising over the years, showing that there is an increase in staff related sexual assaults every year.
The number of incidents showed a “significant increase” over about 8,400 incidents reported in 2010 and 7,855 reported in 2009, it said. The year 2011 was the most recent cited in the bureau study, published on Thursday.
The findings were based on annual surveys of adult prisons and jails throughout the nation, it said. The data for 2011 was collected from facilities holding 1.97 million inmates.