Mentally ill, gay prison inmates face big sexual assault risk

 

Federal research found big disparities in sexual assault rates in Federal, state and local correctional facilities

Federal research found big disparities in sexual assault rates in Federal, state and local correctional facilities

A new Justice Department study finds that prison inmates in the US who are mentally ill face rates of sexual assault nearly ten times higher than other inmates. 

Gay and lesbian inmates in jails and prisons across the US face even greater danger — with one in eight homosexual prison inmates reporting sexual victimization in 2011 and 2012.

The research found that mentally ill inmates were much more vulnerable to assault by other prisoners, and also by prison staff. 

 

An estimated 6.3 percent of prison inmates and 3.6 percent of jail inmates identified with serious psychological distress reported inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization compared to 0.7 percent for both prison and jail inmates without a mental health problem. 
The study also found that rates of sexual assault differ considerably from facility to facility.  This from the Associated Press.

Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation’s highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails and prisons.The report by the U.S. Department of Justice found that the Marion County Jail’s inmate-intake center in Indianapolis had a 7.7 percent rate of staff sexual misconduct involving inmates — the nation’s highest for jails — and well above the average 1.8 percent sex abuse rate among all jails surveyed.

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