The Shame of Our Prisons: New Evidence
JDI has a new article in The New York of Review of Books! Please take a moment to read the piece, and then share it with your friends.
In the article, David Kaiser and I analyze the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) two recent studies on sexual abuse behind bars -- its survey of inmates in adult prisons and jails, and of youth in juvenile detention. We argue that the studies confirm the magnitude of this crisis, while also shedding light on who is most at risk for abuse.
As the BJS’s findings make clear, sexual abuse in detention remains a widespread problem. But the data also give reason for hope. There are both adult and youth facilities that have all but eliminated sexual violence. These facilities are proving one of JDI’s core messages: prisoner rape can be stopped.
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P.S. There’s more good news to share. The Department of Justice is proposing to lift a restriction on the use of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds that has prevented prisoner rape survivor from getting victim services. Take action today to support a removal of the VOCA ban!