Sexual Assaults Prevalent in Florida Prisons

Dec 11, 2018 |

According to an article in the Daily Mail, a UK news outlet, “Prison rape in America – perpetrated by both inmates and staff – remains pervasive.” 15 years after the Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003. Florida has one of the worst prison systems in the country.

9.8% of inmates at the Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley have reported being the victim of sexual assault. 7.3% at the Apalachee Correctional Institution and 10.1% of inmates at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institute in Milton, Florida.

At Santa Rosa, the 10.1% figure is for assaults committed by facility staff! The data is compiled from a 2015 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The article states that experts argue those numbers still reflect under-reporting, as the study examined just 4 percent of all prison inmates and 3.2 percent of all jail inmates in America.

In total, for 2015 more than half (58 percent) of the allegations in 2015 were claims that prison staff victimized inmates, while 42 percent were incidences where accusations were leveled against fellow inmates.

It’s clear something must be done to clean up this country’s broken justice system. We cannot return people to society more damaged than they were when they entered.

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Updated: December 15, 2018 — 2:58 pm

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