President Obama Orders Prison Rape Crackdown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
New study shows that almost 1 in every 10 former prisoners has been molested.

FILE - In this May 13, 2009 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, the sun rises over the Guantanamo detention facility at dawn, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. In a speech Thursday, President Barack Obama defended his plans to close the Guantanamo prison camp. Five men accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks, including the self-proclaimed mastermind, are headed back to a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay more than three years after President Barack Obama put the case on hold in a failed effort to move the proceedings to a civilian court and close the prison at the U.S. base in Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

The Obama administration is ordering federal, state and local prisons to increase efforts to stop prison rape by issuing mandatory screening, enforcement and prevention regulations in hopes of reducing sexual victimization behind bars.

The Justice Department announced the regulations Thursday on the heels of a new study showing that almost 1 in every 10 former state or local prisoners reported being sexually victimized at least once in prison.

The new regulations are immediately binding on federal prisons. State prisons face losing federal money if they don't comply, and local jails will not be able to get re-accredited without falling in line. The White House also ordered that all federal detainment facilities outside of the prison system come up with ways to fight prison rape within a year.


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