A senate investigation report issued on Tuesday claims that extensive sexual abuse of female inmates still occurs in federal prisons and that staff accountability measures have not stopped the scourge of such assault.
Brian Moore testified before the subcommittee about the incident she suffered while imprisoned at a federal facility in west Virginia. She disclosed the sexual assault she faced by a captain at the prison who would take her to a private space out of the sight of surveillance cameras to abuse her.
Moore said before the subcommittee that ‘ she knows that he had the power to control over her and has no other option rather than obeying him. She feared getting placed in solitary confinement if she tried to report the officer because she was aware of previous cases of women who reported the abuse.
Sexual Abuse In Federal Prisons
The permanent subcommittee on investigations of the senate determined that women were mistreated by prison employees in at least 19 of the 29 federal institutions that housed female convicts since 2012. Between 2012 to 2022, the Bureau of prisons opened 5,415 cases claiming sexual misconduct by government employees.
A committee review of the court records and prison records reveals that male and female detainees claimed 5,415 accusations of sexual abuse against prison staff over the previous ten years, of which investigators later substantiated 586.
Sexual assault had been a major issue in the Bureau of prison, a division of the justice department, for some time, but it had recently been more evident that this was a widespread issue. The offenses had been committed by male employees at every level of the prison hierarchy, including the warden, guard, pastor, and warehouse manager who singled out Reynold as she finished serving a 12-year sentence.
Inspector general Michael e Horowitz reassured the committee that he was committed to streaming and bolstering investigations following recommendations made by a group of workers formed by Attorney General Merrick b. Garland to address the problem.
Investigation from the committee, however.
Discovered a culture that encouraged an environment in which male jail officials were aware of their illegal behavior by believing that they would never be held accountable.
Federal law forbids any sexual contact between a prison officer and a prisoner, even if it would be seen as consensual outside the system. Guards at Coleman indicated in affidavits made public by the FBI, that they were worried about being accused of a crime after being presented with proof that they had sex with female captives.
Georgian senator for democracy Jon Osoff made that observation. Our results are extremely concerning and, in my opinion, demonstrate that BOP is consistently and systematically failing to prevent, detect, and end sexual offenses against detainees by its employees.
In the hearing, Federal Bureau of prisons Director Colette Peter who was appointed recently was asked by the Osoff why the bureau hadn’t made apt changes to the prevention of abuse in the prison even if the increased complaints.
She responded that it is hard to explain and understand how systematic changes were not implemented to stop the abuse when looking at the institution that is highlighted. She said that she has worked hard since her appointment to investigate the issue and called it “absolutely egregious.”
“Any kind of wrongdoing, particularly sexual misconduct committed by bureau employees, is always unacceptable and such activities are not condoned,” she added. The testimony of the prisoners indicated the assault they face in the prison but they are forced to be silent by the officers which is completely against humanity.
Moore expressed regret for her drug offense which landed her in prison and told the panel to set a way that prevents the officers to continue their assault and save the women who are still in prison.
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