David Sirota, Colorado's Progressive Talk AM 760, March 30, 2011
Lovisa Stannow our special guest to discuss her New York Times piece Prison Rape and the Government. A large majority of inmates who have been sexually abused by staff or by other inmates never report it. Â And corrections officials, with some brave exceptions, have historically taken advantage of this reluctance to downplay or even deny the problem. According to a recent report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), a branch of the Department of Justice, there were only 7,444 official allegations of sexual abuse in detention in 2008, and of those, only 931 were substantiated. These are absurdly low figures. But perhaps more shocking is that even when authorities confirmed that corrections staff had sexually abused inmates in their care, only 42 percent of those officers had their cases referred to prosecution; only 23 percent were arrested, and only 3 percent charged, indicted, or convicted. Fifteen percent were actually allowed to keep their jobs. Lovisa Stannow is the Executive Director of Just Detention International. Ms. Stannow has spent the past two decades working in the fields of communications and international human rights. She is the former Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health and the West Coast Director and Communications Director of Doctors Without Borders.