This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Inmate's Abuse In Prison Essay

1230 words - 5 pages

It is dreadful enough to get raped, but having to see your perpetrator every day and possibly raping you again is a constant fear that many inmates have to encounter. According to the Bureau of Justice (BJS), in 2008 correctional administrators reported 7,444 allegations of sexual abuse in prisons. About 46 % of the sexual abuse involved staff with inmates. But these statistics do not include the many cases that go unreported due to victim’s fear of being punished by their perpetrators and/ or to embarrassment and humiliation that comes with rape. Although prison rape is prevalent, many individuals find it normal and even find it a laughing matter. Prison rape is abnormal and has huge consequences if not dealt with. Some of the consequences of prison rape are that it creates hierarchy between the weaker and the stronger, prisoners may leave prison worse-off and make more damage than they did before they went to jail, and women are at risk of pregnancy.
Even though statistics are misleading due to the unreported rapes, a professor from the University of South Dakota, Cindy Struckman Johnson, found that 20 % of inmates in men’s prisons were victims of some sort of sexual harassment and at least 7 % are raped. That is 12,000 rapes per year “which exceeds the annual number of reported rapes in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York combined” (Daniel Brook). The lack of reported rape cases is due to guard’s “deliberate indifference” (Brook) and the humiliation that comes with rape. “For males, it’s the ultimate humiliation and that silences most of us” said Tom Cahill, who was raped in a San Antonio jail. Rape cases in prison are brought to corrections officials to handle instead of local district attorneys. Therefore, when inmates press charges against the prison system, they also have to show evidence of officials’ lack of attention and “deliberate indifference” (Brook). After an inmate attempted to prosecute the system, the court ordered that rape “is not part of the penalty that criminal offenders pay for their offenses”. Unfortunately, this case built strong “barriers to establish the culpability of corrections staff” (Brook), thus discouraging prisoners from reporting sexual assault.
Prison rape in jail can ultimately bring hierarchy between the weaker and the stronger. Although many would believe rape offenders in men’s prisons are mainly homosexuals, studies have shown that homosexuals are more likely to be sexually abused than perpetrators. In prison it is actually known that men become rapists to overpower their victims. Patriarchal systems of power, male incentive to overpower the weaker, exist both outside and inside of jail. In any community, women are seen as weak; therefore, men tend to overpower women. Most prisoners have this same mentality; therefore since there are no women to overpower they decide to suppress the weaker or smaller sized inmates. Victims are also effeminized and given tasks to perform such as cleaning dishes and...

Find Another Essay On Inmate's Abuse in Prison

Marginalized Women Essay

1733 words - 7 pages paper; abuse, drugs, and blocked opportunities.In respect to prisons, the Canadian Criminal Justice System has a more European approach towards crime, in contrast with the American model. This means that rehabilitation and reintegration back into society are the main goals in sentencing criminals, opposed to focusing on punishment and revenge (Glaremin, 2011, p. 84). Recidivism rates are generally lower amongst the female prison population but can

How Frank Darabont Presents the Shawshank Redemption's Subtitle Hope Springs Eternal

950 words - 4 pages despair. Many things happen to Andy including being raped several times. In one scene the hope meter hits rock bottom during Andy's first night a new inmate is killed. Earlier in the film the other inmate's bet on who will crack first, Red bets ten cigarettes on Andy. So later that night the inmates start throwing abuse at the new inmates. At this point the light is so low on the mile that you can't see the other

The analysis of Drugs and Crime

1119 words - 4 pages correctional boot camps. The focus was the effectiveness of these correctional boot camps. The researchers studied whether boot camps are successful in reducing recidivism rates and prison populations. They also looked at the affects of these boot camps on prison operating costs, however my focus was on the recidivism rates.This article was written to answer questions such as "Can a program designed to improve an inmate's attitudes and behavior

The Drug Problem and the Current Justice System

1825 words - 7 pages prison"(United States National Institute of Justice 21). How much does this apply to drug abuse? A comprehensive study of addiction by John Keene was conducted with three groups of convicts being surveyed, each group at different phases of incarceration. The first group of 134 prisoners was questioned as to whether they were using drugs before they were incarcerated. Almost 74% admitted to using some type of drug before they were imprisoned. In

Punishment Contradicts Rehabilitation

1950 words - 8 pages How do you punish a person who is already being punished? This is the problem the penal system faces. On the surface solitary confinement seems like the perfect solution. Put into place to protect prison workers and other inmates from being harmed by dangerous and unruly prisoners, the side effects of solitary confinement can often be far worse and destructive to prison rehabilitation than the benefits of such a system. The abuse and overuse

Life in Prison

1918 words - 8 pages debt" (p. 73, para. 1). In fact; services, such as doing other inmate's laundry is used as a bargain chip (Carceral, 2004).Medical care in prison is minimal at best. If a prisoner needs long-time or medical dental care, he will not get it. Occasionally, if one breaks his bone, it will be set, but if he fractures the bone, the prison will let the bone heal on its own. Carceral (2004) states, "A prisoner may suffer for years if they do not die

Unconditional Love

1534 words - 6 pages to see him. She needs to feel him. These needs are not illegal such as her drug abuse, something she could have been jailed for. This new addiction of love is the irony. Asha is guilty of love, yet there is no sentence in jail for this guilt. The most heartfelt pages that Asha writes are the ones that are descriptive of her emotions, thoughts and feelings. Her opening pages describing love and its different aspects are gripping as she

Visions of Prisons in the Future

2471 words - 10 pages History 2001"). As a result, governments turned more and more to imprisonment as a serious form of punishment."Reforms in the 1900s have led to further improvement of prisons. A prisoner who receives an indeterminate sentence is confined to prison for a range of years" ("Prison Systems History 2001"). For example, a parole board, based on the inmate's behavior while in prison, determines the actual amount of time served. "By the 1960s, many people

Jail Overcrowding, how to fix it and why - CRC political science - research paper

3754 words - 16 pages there was immediate results which proved that it had positive effects to the prison system. Requiring a thorough review of all previous criminal acts and the inmate's risk assessment so the judges know if they will pose a threat to the public or not are a crucial part if not the most important part of the proposition personally. A person can have history of committing a few non-violent crimes in most recent years but can pose a threat to the public

Mental ill Criminals should not be executed

1707 words - 7 pages Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in January that only about 39 percent of the country’s estimated population of 45 million mentally ill people are being treated. (The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that considerably more people, about 58 million, suffer from some form of mental illness. The CQ Researcher continued the argument by citing an

Alternative Incarceration:ARE BOOT CAMPS AN EFFECTIVE FORM OF INCARCERATION? Introduction & Overview of the Problem

4890 words - 20 pages with the problem of prison overcrowding and satisfying public demands for severe treatment (Morash & Rucker, 1990). In the decade since they were first introduced in Georgia and Oklahoma in 1983, boot camps were set up by 30 states, 10 local jurisdictions, and the federal government (Simon, 1995, p. 26). Bates (1995) notes that by mid-1995, there were some 67 boot camps being operated by various entities of government (p. 49). Boot camps enjoy

Similar Essays

Drug Abuse, Prison And Justice In Hungary

790 words - 4 pages a rehab program. However, those caught with a larger amount, or for the second time within a two-year period, face prison sentence of up to two years regardless of whether it is marijuana or cocaine.iv Putting drug consumers through a tedious legal procedure and eventually sentencing them to serve time in prison is an extremely harmful practice for our society’s structural integrity. Being a convicted felon is a stigma one has to bear for life

The Effect Of Rehabilitation And The Rate Of Recidivism

1959 words - 8 pages compared to those not pursing any program. Along with vocational training, an inmate may be accepted into a work release program. This program is generally available within the last six months of an inmate's sentence. Most programs require the inmate to be looking for employment or be employed while living at a halfway house environment. Successful completion of the work release program assists in the inmate's ability to transition from prison

Making Crime Pay! David H. Dallas 2003

1696 words - 7 pages when compared with prisoners who had not worked in prison (1). Karen Miller concurs, noting that Ohio and Florida claim 50% drops in recidivism for those who held jobs while in prison (3).Is There A Downside?Unfortunately, evidence exists of widespread human rights abuse within the prison-industrial complex. The New York Times in a series of articles entitled "Dangerous Business" profiled one such place:"Behind a high metal fence lies a workplace

Indentifying Prison Gangs: Their Bonds And Their Ink

2306 words - 9 pages back is essential to avoid being bought and sold as a ‘bitch'. Not joining a gang, or claiming no race, leaves one to fend for himself and often fall victim to these brutal abuse and rape crimes. However, joining a gang encourages racism and violently acts of hatred are often required if one is to remain loyal and survive prison life. The Aryan Brotherhood, which started in California in 1967, is a very well known prison gang consisting of