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There's Nothing Funny About Prison Rape


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: prisons, rape, human rights )


- 4097 days ago - prospect.org
More than 60,000 prisoners are raped every year, and yet we treat them as punchlines not victims. It's time to abandon the idea that rape is a suitable punishment for anyone.



   

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Joycey B (750)
Monday March 31, 2008, 2:41 pm
This should not be happening. Noted. Thanks Mark.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday March 31, 2008, 11:56 pm
Many of those RAPED IN PRISON are NON-VIOLENT DRUG "OFFENDERS". People, in other words, who got busted for nothing more than "possessing" some pot or another drug. Those who are truly ADDICTED, need MEDICAL HELP NOT JAIL; and those who ARE NOT HURTING ANYBODY BY THEIR DRUG HABITS, SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE.
Those who are busted for drugs, are likely to be young, poor, non-violent, and not "tough guys". They are unlikely to be hyper-muscular or good at physically defending themselves. The EASY TARGETS, in other words, that BULLIES ALWAYS LOOK FOR.
Rape in jail, among other things, not the least because it is un-recognized, can lead to HIV-AIDS, which is usually a DEATH SENTENCE for someone too poor to afford expensive drugs.
So, being busted merely for possession of some harmless pot, can LEAD TO A MOST PAINFUL, HORRIBLE DEATH SENTENCE.
Sadistic PRISON GUARDS are among the RAPISTS also. How do women locked up in a WOMEN'S PRISON for a year or more, manage to get pregnant???
Women are often locked up in prison because of something their MAN did, and they refuse to turn State's evidence to convict him. So they are PUNISHED for that. And not for anything they actually did themselves.

With the POOR MEDICAL HELP available in prisons, almost ANY illness can RESULT IN A DEATH SENTENCE. The PRIVATIZATION of our Prison Industry, means that THOSE WHO MAKE MONEY OFF OF PRISONS, MAKE MAXIMUM PROFITS BY MINIMIZING ANY MEDICAL CARE OR MEDICINES.
Epidemics of SUPER-BUGS are sweeping thru our prisons. These are certainly spread by lack of care and all sorts of close contact, including sexual.
Both our DRUG LAWS and our PRISONS, need reforming.
There was a book out a while ago, called, "The CRIME of Imprisonment".
Putting people in prisons as they exist now, IS IN ITSELF, A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 12:14 am

Well said, BMutiny.

Imprisoning nonviolent criminals and allowing rape to occur in prisons IS a death sentence for many -- a horribly cruel and painful death sentence too. It is nothing less than a crime against humanity, and if we had a Constitution, a Supreme Court, and a Justice Department worthy of the names, it would be cruel and inhuman punishment.

The privatized prisons are the worst, and giving power to sadists is what was done in Hitler's camps and Stalin's gulags. Bad enough that most "normal" people will become sadistic if corrupted with a little power and respect for authority. The prison milieu is a nightmare and we have more prisoners than any other country in the world.

Anyone who still thinks it's a joke, particularly those in the media, haven't experienced it...yet. The saying in the gulags was, "Me today, you tomorrow." What goes around comes around, and we should never do unto others as we would not wish done unto us. Unfortunately the "Christians" in our government seem never to have heard of the Golden Rule -- or else they think that it doesn't apply to rich people like them.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 12:16 am

Actually, it doesn't. Ever notice that they have special country club prisons for rich people and white collar criminals? They are not subject to the same rule of law as poor people.
 

Karen M (176)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 12:27 am
I do feel strongly about this. Prison terms need to be made for time in prison, not for a certain length of time of torture in prison. Inmates become much more criminalized, in these environments, and far more difficult to change. They will be far more likely to harm others when they are out. And the kind of society we want to be is important.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 2:36 am
Posted by me in "The Medical Marijuana Experience" group:

They stopped having jury trials for drug offenders, because JURIES REFUSED TO CONVICT.

Judges are now HAMSTRUNG by Mandatory Sentencing laws; that give drug "offenders" LONGER SENTENCES THAN MURDERERS OR RAPISTS OR CHILD MOLESTERS.

Some huge percentage of prisoners are non-violent drug "offenders" -- I could look up the percentage.

JUST THINK -- ONE IN A HUNDRED AMERICANS IS IN JAIL.

This is the LARGEST number of ANY COUNTRY IN HISTORY; LARGER BOTH IN ABSOLUTE NUMBERS, AND IN PERCENTAGE; LARGER THAN ANY DICTATORSHIP IN WORLD HISTORY.

The Drug Wars STARTED AS A "TEST CASE" FOR THE IMPRISONMENT OF ALL DISSENTERS. As in, "First, they came for the Jews......." Nobody CARED about a bunch of "hippies" and "stoners" and "junkies".......

THEN, when that WORKED BEAUTIFULLY, they came {got ready to come} FOR THE REST OF US.........

Artificially making "drug offending" a CRIME, {instead of possibly a Public Health problem}, and INCARCERATING HUGE AND DIS-PROPORTIONATE NUMBERS OF YOUNG BLACK MALES, has EFFECTIVELY both DESTROYED THE "BLACK POWER" MOVEMENT AND BLACK COMMUNITIES; and DESTROYED THE GAINS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OF THE '60's. JUST AS IT WAS INTENDED TO DO. NO ACCIDENT. Most voters once incarcerated, NEVER REGAIN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. And most of them were never going to vote for any Republican, anyway. THE "DRUG WARS" IMPRISONMENTS, WERE WHAT MADE POSSIBLE THE CONSERVATIVE, REPUBLICAN TAKEOVER OF OUR GOVERNMENT FROM THE DEMOCRATS AND LIBERALS. Because HUGE numbers of voters were and are in jail. "Fixing" the voting machines, was just the icing on the cake.

[After Kennedy's and Johnson's support of the Civil Rights movement, it looked like Democrats would be in forever. There might have been parties, third parties, to the left of the Democrats, too. That was what it looked like, BEFORE THE MASS INCARCERATIONS OF THE DRUG WARS HAPPENED. Without people EVEN NOTICING anything amiss. "First, they came for the Jews......." Drug users are the modern "Jews", pariahs and no good, as considered by "respectable" people.....]

The Prison Industry, Prison Privatization, is a HUGE NEW MONEY-MAKER for the BIG CORPORATIONS..... who WANT MORE AND MORE PRISONERS to FEED THEIR INSATIABLE GREED FOR CAPITALIST PROFITS.........
 

Lee G (15)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 5:09 am
I just checked the Florida DOC site. As of yesterday:
Out of 91,227 male inmates, 41,774 were for Drug Offenses
Out of 6,850 female inmates, 3,448 were for Drug Offenses

But we're forgetting a group here. Those in the juvenile prisons are raped at a much higher rate than at adult prisons. And yes, guards are offenders but when a guard gets caught they get nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Not long ago a 12 year old girl was raped by a guard. That guard received no jail time and was simply suspended.

Then you have the problem of medical personnel. In Florida prison doctors do not have to be licensed (they can have had their license taken away). A doctor was hired at a womans prison; a doctor that had his license taken away because he had molested his female patients.

In Florida the prison system is one of the largest industries in the state. The inmates are used as slave labor, working for hospitals, community cleanup and lawn service and if their lucky enough to get a job with P.R.I.D.E (a prison industry) or in the canteen they are paid at a rate of $.25 an hour while what they make is sold at top dollor prices. All inmates that "make a wage" are then given 1099's and are expected to pay taxes.

I could go on (can you tell I'm a prison activist) but the problems are many with rape right there on the top.

Keep checking with your legislators and get mandatory minimums abolished. Use your voice where it counts ... in the House and Senate!
 

Clara Bielecki (18)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 2:56 pm
Rape of prisoners was never part of the sentence. If you CHOOSE to lead a life that puts you in prison, you WILL live with people who commit these offenses.
I can say this because my son is in prison. He chose this lifestyle and my heart's been broken for many years. Yes, it's wrong and more could be done to protect inmates but the message, (You are responsible for your actions) needs to be learned and (every thing is somebody else's fault) needs to be deleted from the rules. I can say this because I go to bed every night praying no one hurts him. No matter what you do, Mom never stops loving you.
Clara
 

CHIEF DUBIE (213)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 8:36 pm
Prisons, have become homosexual factories!!! birth control by design!!! my wife was given a year in jail, just for being with me, a convicted felon (fine pain, time served, unforgiven for life)when her p.o. arrested her, she told her,"the girls in prison will love a pretty little victim like you" the p.o. sentenced her to be raped, for being in love!!! non-violent offenders are put with violent sex offenders, as sport for the guards!!! prison is a man made hell, I was certainly a Daniel in the lions den, for 5 years!!! the prison system and all connected to it are guilty of crimes against humanity!!! we have given our nation to the beast, but now we know who they are!!! end terrorism, vote them out!!!
 

CHIEF DUBIE (213)
Friday April 4, 2008, 9:05 am
If I had a dollar for ever time the government, made me drop my pants, or pee in a bottle, or stick their fingers up my butt, or search me in a molesting nature, I'd be a rich man!!! the government seems to be on a Salem witch hunt, or a Nazi Jew hunt!!! what is their fascination with my penis? are they not checking to see if I'm circumcised, either on the outside, or the inside
 
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