Thursday, September 2, 2010

Prison Rape, The Alarming Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released a report on the incidence of inmate sexual assault in U. S. prisons and jails. Here are some of the findings:

  • In the past year, an estimated 88,500 adult prisoners were sexually abused.
  • This number represents 4.4 percent of prison inmates and 3.1 percent of jail inmates.
  • Staff to inmate sexual misconduct was higher than inmate to inmate sexual assaults.
  • Female inmates were more than twice as likely as males to report incidents of sexual abuse.

The report, Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2008-09 (NCJ 231169), was written by BJS statisticians Allen J. Beck and Paige M. Harrison and RTI International staff Marcus Berzofsky, Rachel Caspar, and Christopher Krebs.

View the full report at:

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