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Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:23:11 PM
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Jails and prisons are dangerous places. Violence is the norm, and for those individuals who are too weak to protect themselves, sexual assault is common. The problem is so widespread across America that laws have been established to protect the victims, and go after the victimizers.

“Since 2012, states have been working to meet the standards set forth by the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, which was partially inspired by the 1996 death of Rodney Hulin, an undersized 17-year-old inmate who hanged himself in Texas after his requests for help following repeated rapes by adult inmates were denied.”

Yet, having a law is only good if it is being enforced, or if people are actually afraid to break a law, and stopping predators in prisons is not such an easy thing to do. Locking-up older, more experienced prisoners and young offenders in the same area can and does lead to problems. They should be separated, but “separating the two populations has been a challenge because of overcrowding and steep financial costs. ‘It's a big logistical headache,’ Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said.”

“The law was also supposed to provide for better staff training, improved reporting and investigation of all sexual assaults behind bars and more money for research. In 2011-12, an estimated 4 percent of state and federal inmates and 3.2 percent of jail inmates reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another inmate or facility staff, according to the Justice Department.”

Sexual assault and rape in our nation’s jails and prisons is a problem which cannot be ignored because it is no different than a rape which happens in the free world. Even though there are some people who may not care about people who are incarcerated, and there may even be some judges who have little to no sympathy for those people who are sexually assaulted or raped, it is a horrible crime, and a person who is given a jail sentence should not have to make a choice between fighting or being raped.

Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2016 8:53:37 PM

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Jails are not good for no one.
Posted: Monday, November 7, 2016 11:24:11 AM

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The Criticisms of Private Jails
One of the most perverse incentives in a privately run prison system is that the more prisoners a company houses, the more it gets paid. This leads to a conflict of interest on the part of privately run prisons where they, in theory, are incentivized to not rehabilitate prisoners. If private prisons worked to reduce the number of repeat offenders, they would be in effect reducing the supply of profit-producing inmates.

While some studies have demonstrated that private prisons may save governments money, other studies have found just the opposite. A study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found no such cost-savings when it compared public and private prisons. This is in part because simple numbers don't tell the whole story. For instance, privately run prisons can refuse to accept certain expensive prisoners, and they regularly do. This has the effect of artificially deflating the costs associated with running a private jail.
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