$13 Million Approved for Study of Prisoner Rape
March 5, 2003
LOS ANGELES - A $13 million funding package has been
approved for the study of prisoner rape, the first-ever federal
appropriation for research on the issue. The package is part of the $397
billion federal spending bill signed by President Bush on February 20,
language of the funding package states that the money is to be used for
"implementation of prison rape prevention and prosecution programs
including a statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects
of prison rape . [and] the development of national standards for enhancing
the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prisoner rape."
Stemple, executive director of Stop Prisoner Rape, said the money
represents the first federal commitment to dealing with sexual assault
behind bars. "We are pleased to see this serious and widespread abuse
finally being addressed by the federal government," Stemple said.
"Prisoner rape derails justice and destroys human dignity. We hope that
this is the first small step toward a comprehensive solution."
is unclear, however, whether the newly appropriated funds can be spent
before the passage of the Prison Rape Reduction Act of 2003, legislation
that will be introduced to the House of Representatives this session.
Staffers in the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Congressman
Frank Wolf, R-Va., both co-sponsors of the PRRA, said they were uncertain
about whether any of the $13 million pool could be spent immediately
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