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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

CrimProf Brenda V. Smith Comments on U.S. Bureau of Justice Stats on Prison Sexual Impropriety

Smith_2From TimesDispatch.com: American University's Washington College of Law CrimProf Brenda V. Smith recently commented on the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics that roughly half of all sexual impropriety reported in U.S. prisons and jails last year was perpetrated by correctional staff, not inmates.

"I'm looking for somebody who's a leader in one of these agencies to come out strong and say this is absolutely intolerable . . . and the silence is deafening," said CrimProf Smith, who is also a member of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission.

"There has to be very concrete steps to get past the code of silence that exists in these facilities," she said. "And it's a code of silence not only for inmates . . . it's also for staff.

According to the findings, female staff were the offenders in two-thirds of the prison cases, and two-thirds of the victims of prison staff were male inmates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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