Will Congress Gut Law to Eliminate Prison Rape?


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Will Congress Gut Law to Eliminate Prison Rape?

bySarah Childress http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/will-congress-gut-law-to-eliminate-prison-rape/?elq=f5a5406e817e4bd3a22267d9a41a2093&elqCampaignId=1113

More than a decade after the government promised “zero” tolerance of sexual violence in U.S. jails and prisons, the problem remains widespread, according to a new U.N. report. An estimated seven percent of inmates were victimized in 2011 — a number that has remained relatively consistent with previous reports.

Now, a federal law designed to curb the problem may be quietly gutted in Congress before it fully takes effect, according to a new report in The Marshall Project, a nonprofit dedicated to covering criminal justice news.

In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which required the Justice Department to establish standards to prevent and respond to sexual abuse in detention, which it issued in 2012. States were supposed to show by this past May that they were coming…

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