Stronger efforts needed against prison rape

The Baltimore Sun

August 8, 2011


For as long as the history of prisons in America, there has been rape in prisons in America. There, too, have been children locked in prison cells with adults. Young men — boys, really — turned into tools for the sexual satisfaction of the older, the stronger. We turn away from it in part because our penitentiaries are the last remnants of Darwinian survival of the fittest, played out on a day-to-day basis. And it is difficult to feel compassion for criminals.A key component of PREA is the development of national standards to address prison rape. After a long delay, the DOJ finally released its proposed standards for public comment early this year — but without a standard specifically geared at protecting youths in adult jails and prisons. The response period has since closed.
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