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LotusBlossom
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PREA Question

Warning: This topic is about the Prison Elimination Rape Act so please don’t read further if you might become upset/triggered.

Do you feel like your loved one and/or PPs are safe?  I read about some of the lawsuits against correctional officers abusing their power by sexually assaulting inmates, or the aftermath of inmate attacks on CO’s.  What concerns me is inmate on inmate attacks, I always wonder how prisons could do a better job keeping sexual assaults from happening, what do you think would help?

I see a lot of articles about the issues between COs and inmates making the news but there aren’t stories about inmate on inmate violence released until someone gets killed or sued and it all comes out a lot later than when it actually happened.  I wonder how much ends up getting unreported or swept under the rug sometimes.

Been_on_the_inside
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a lot of inmates won’t speak out about being assaulted at all, in Idaho they ha. d M m the first conviction for a rape on an inmate by an inmate I believe he got a life sentence for the attack, I do have to say it’s rare it happens. You get a lot of information on how to provent it, I think more people speak out about it now when they leave prison it’s safer. 

Northernyank
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My husband was accidentally sent to Beaumont, TX because his good time credits were miscalculated. At that time Beaumont was one of the most dangerous prisons. Something like 7 inmate murders in less than a year. My husband caught life in prison for killing a known (well documented by guards and staff) sexually violent offender, you can read into what I'm saying. The State of Texas went after my husband with the death penalty. Thank goodness for the Judge and jury disagreeing with the death penalty. 

Cleo95
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I don’t think anyone is truly safe in prison, but from what my pen pals have told me about their lives, they can handle themselves in there. Doesn’t stop me from worrying though! I do know two of my pen pals have a history of violence against other inmates and COs, but I don’t know the full story and I kinda don’t want to ask since i know they’ve changed as people. There’s a CO that’s a member in PTO and he’s given me a new perspective to COs but from everything I’ve heard from my pen pals, good COs are rare. That’s just what I’ve been told, though. Experiences and vary and all that. Also @Northern I’m glad your hubby wasn’t given the death penalty. I don’t blame him for doing what he did though to that violent offender. He probably stopped a lot of people from being hurt. 

FrankieBones
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Is prison safe? No, but at 5"11 and with learning how to project herself, she can hold her own.
 

Northernyank
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Thank you Cleo, he was determined to survive one way or another. He's not unique in that mindset. Although I do not agree with violence, (I'm on this side of the wall) if I felt my life was in danger, I would more than likely do what it took as well, as I imagine most people would. I know most people think you're somehow safe inside of PC but the reality is you aren't. You become a target of the whole prison population but also those in PC are just as likely to hurt you. Transferring out is not always an option but the prison system is such a small community. Chances are someone knows an inmate that was in your last facility, CO's give info to other inmates all the time, and it's understood that if another inmate walks with you to your case manager's office, he's doing so to see why you've been incarcerated, and you can't refuse to divulge that information.

Cleo95
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@Northern Yes about PC yards. I don’t have a tonne of knowledge about the US criminal justice system,  but Ive heard that’s why California is trying to do ways with the SNY yards and to integrate since there’s still gangs and a lot of shit still going down on those  yards. I’m a little worried about one of my pen pals since he’s in one of those yards, but he’s said that so far they’re only integating the lower level yards and it might be awhile before they start integrating the level 4 yards. Geeze, I wonder what’s going to happen then?