Civil Rights

Scars Behind Bars

The prison rape problem

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About 60,000 state and federal prisoners were victims of sexual assault in 2007, according to a June report from the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. The precise numbers are debatable, but no one disputes that prisoners face a much higher risk of rape than free citizens.

"Sexual abuse," the commissioners wrote, "makes correctional environments more dangerous for staff as well as prisoners, consumes scarce resources, and undermines rehabilitation. It also carries the potential to devastate the lives of victims." The commission suggested several ways to reduce the problem, including more careful investigations of prisoner complaints, legal changes making it easier for abused prisoners to sue negligent authorities, and segregation of populations at greater risk for abuse, such as sex offenders and minors.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, which created the commission, requires the attorney general to implement some kind of rape-reducing reforms within a year of the report. A bill that would have made it easier for raped (and otherwise abused) prisoners to sue for redress—the Prison Abuse Remedies Act, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.)—died in committee last year.

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane.

  3. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane.

  4. I don’t got your point. But thank you all the same.

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