E-NEWS - 2011

Good News from Delaware

Thanks to a settlement approved last week, women prisoners in Delaware will soon be protected from sexual abuse. JDI has helped the ACLU of Delaware settle a lawsuit against Baylor Women's Correctional Institution, the state's only women's prison. The suit was brought by an inmate who was raped by a Baylor staff member.

Working together, JDI, the ACLU-DE, and pro-bono counsel from Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP created a wide-ranging settlement that aims to prevent and respond to prisoner rape, including by: training staff and inmates; classifying inmates appropriately; establishing easier ways for prisoners to report abuse; investigating all reports of abuse; and providing necessary health care and support to survivors of sexual violence.  

A judge approved these terms in a settlement document last week. Baylor has also agreed to have the implementation of the settlement monitored and enforced for five years, opening the prison up to much needed external oversight.  

We applaud the courage of the plaintiff in this case for standing up for her right to be free from sexual abuse -- and for helping make Baylor safer for all inmates.  

As always, thank you for your support of our work, and for joining us in demanding an end to sexual abuse in detention. No matter what crime someone may have committed, rape is not part of the penalty. 

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