Interestingly, the only time there were discernible gender-differences in rule violations arose when males were married and females were unmarried. Married males broke fewer rules than unmarried females, even though there was no difference between married females and unmarried females. The authors speculated that social support is far better for male inmates than it is for female inmates because it is generally only female spouses and not male spouses that actually visit their incarcerated spouses.
May 13, 8: How Different are U. Share Print The sadistic abuse and sexual humiliation by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison has shocked most Americans—but not those of us familiar with U.
In American prisons today, wanton staff brutality and degrading treatment of inmates occur across the country with distressing frequency. The Pentagon has said it wants to send more people to Iraq who have U.
But before it does, it should look closely at the human rights records of their prisons. In recent years, U.
Inmates have ended up with broken jaws, smashed ribs, perforated eardrums, missing teeth, burn scars—not to mention psychological scars and emotional pain. Both men and women prisoners—but especially women—face staff rape and sexual abuse.
Correctional officers will bribe, coerce, or violently force inmates into granting sexual favors, including oral sex or intercourse. Prison staff have laughed at and ignored the pleas of male prisoners seeking protection from rape by other inmates.
Most of the men and women who work in U.
But just as in Iraq, the absence of leadership, oversight, and external scrutiny can create a climate in which abuses will occur. For example, officers slammed unresisting, shackled inmates into walls and mocked them during body-cavity searches.
A lawsuit by one of the detainees alleges that one of the officers maliciously pushed a pencil into his anus. Just this January, a videotape at a California facility captured two officers beating and kicking two inmates.
One officer struck an inmate approximately twenty times in the face; another officer is shown kicking a handcuffed inmate in the head.
When Florida inmate Frank Valdez died inevery rib in his body was broken, his corpse bore the imprint of boot marks, and his testicles were badly swollen; guards admitted having struggled with him, but denied they had used excessive force.
The broadcasts ended up being copied onto web porn sites. Even detained children and youth are not immune from staff brutality and abuse. They too are kicked, beaten, punched, choked, and sexually preyed upon by adult staff. The Maryland State Police recently filed criminal assault charges against staff at a youth facility in Maryland because of an incident in which one guard restrained a youth while the three others kicked him and punched him in the face.
In Januarythe U. But in over two decades of monitoring prisons in the United States and around the world, Human Rights Watch has learned that abusive officers do not operate in a vacuum. More typically, a culture of brutality has developed in which correctional officers know they can get away with excessive, unnecessary, or even purely malicious violence.
In such prisons, senior officials have failed to communicate unequivocally—through training, staff supervision, investigations, and discipline—that abuse will not be tolerated.
The failures of senior prison officials in the United States are compounded, as in Abu Ghraib, by the absence of external scrutiny. Prisons are closed institutions from which the press, human rights groups, and members of the public are typically excluded.
Independent expert inspections yielding public findings are rare, and usually occur only after the situation has become so bad that inmates have filed a lawsuit.
Perhaps if photos or videotapes of abuse in U. Absent such graphic and unavoidable evidence, it is all too likely that abuse will continue to be a part of many prison sentences.
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one cannot help but wonder how many women out of prison share those same characteristics. Hence a . Other Books to Prisoners Programs. Many other groups do the same thing we do – send books to prisoners.
Although we are not affiliated with any of these, we wholeheartedly support their work. Chicago Books to Women in Prison Program located in: IL . Please note that jails (not prisons) hold and release the majority of incarcerated men and women. HIV: In , percent of all female state prison inmates were HIV positive, compared to of males.
1 out of every 20 U.S. citizens will serve in prison in his or her lifetime. 1 Approximately 10,, people are released from county jails back into communities annually. 2 More than , people are released from Federal and State prison every year. The average length of women's prison sentences is equal to those of men.
False Almost 80 percent of the women in state prisons have "severe, long-standing substance abuse problems.". One of the library's programs on the adult side is a weekly book club for those in the county's six-month treatment program.
Part of the county's diversion program, this program serves 10 to