Corrections officers at the only women's prison in Alabama regularly sexually harass, abuse and even rape female inmates with few consequences, according to a new report by a civil rights organization. Other sexual misconduct, including pervasive harassment, unwanted touching and invasion of Women looking sex Tutwiler, is commonplace, Stevenson said.
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Consensual sex between staff and inmates is strictly forbidden by prison regulations, but is also a regular occurrence, with staff requiring women to perform sexual favors in exchange for smuggled contraband goods, the report found. Tutwiler, which holds more than inmates, was identified by the Department of Justice in as the most dangerous Women looking sex Tutwiler prison in the country.
Kim Thomas, the Alabama Department of Corrections commissioner, said the agency was aware of the allegations. Thomas did not address any of the specific allegations in the EJI report. The report's findings include allegations that inmates who reported sexual abuse by guards ,ooking senior corrections staff, including the warden, Frank Albright, say they were placed in solitary Women looking sex Tutwiler, lost privileges and were subjected to verbal abuse.
It is not an environment that encourages people to come forward with instances of abuse. In his statement, Thomas said that the corrections department was "committed to improving security and providing for the Women looking sex Tutwiler of inmates and officers at Tutwiler.
The state's criminal justice loking has also failed to aggressively punish guards who Women looking sex Tutwiler inmates, Stevenson said. According to court records reviewed by EJI, six Tutwiler employees have been indicted on charges of sexual misconduct involving inmates since All of the charges were settled with plea bargains, and only one prison employee served more than six days in jail.
Stevenson said the Alabama attorney general's office had been alerted to the problem through lawsuits filed against the state on behalf of women raped and impregnated while they were Women looking sex Tutwiler at Tutwiler. The state has aggressively fought to have the litigation dismissed.
Suzanne Webb, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said the agency had no comment on the report. The Alabama Department of Corrections, meanwhile, has underreported sexual misconduct at the prison in official reports, according to court records obtained by EJI.
Inthe corrections department reported no instances of sexual abuse at the prison, even as two officers at the facility were indicted for sexual misconduct. EJI has requested a criminal and civil investigation by the Justice Department into the alleged misconduct and the failure of Alabama authorities Women looking sex Tutwiler oversee the prison and aggressively prosecute abusers.
Xochitl Hinojosa, eex Justice Department spokeswoman, said in an email that the agency is reviewing the allegations. A Huffington Post investigation found that there is widespread brutality in Alabama prisons and limited oversight by corrections officials or state law enforcement.
The report comes just days after the Justice Sdx finalized new regulations requiring state corrections facilities to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse.
The new standards specifically call for jail and prisons to restrict the use of solitary confinement as a means to protect inmates who have Women looking sex Tutwiler sexual abuse.
The standards are mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act, a federal law passed with Tuttwiler bipartisan majorities in Nearly 10 percent of former inmates in state jails and prisons reported being sexually victimized by a corrections staff member or another inmate, according to the results of a survey released earlier this year by the Justice Department.
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