The type of violence that is most common in prison is/are rape and gang violence. Unfortunately, inmates are not the only suspects, prison staff sometimes harass or rape the inmates. The inmates who are the victims of staff violence sometimes do not report that they have been violated or assaulted because they feel like no one will believe or listen to them. Deaths in prison are also a huge problem, according to Bureau of Justice A total of 4,446 inmates died in 2013, an increase of 131 deaths from 2012. This was the highest number of deaths reported to the BJS Deaths in Custody Reporting Program since 2007 (www.ncjrs.gov).
This shows that victims do not have to just necessarily be woman even boys are affected by this, the event may have been for woman awareness but Davis takes the time to address the issue that men can be victims as well. Through more statistics she continues forward and states “If you are a woman of color and you are raped before you reach the age of 18, then you are 66 percent more likely to be sexually assaulted again.Seventy percent of girls who are sex-trafficked are girls of color….It is a billion-dollar industry” (Davis, p.4) this show that usually the victims alongside women and men are people of color, minorities. This information Davis provides gives an insight to what is really happening in America and how America takes a situation filled with tragedy, suffering and makes a business out of it instead of being able to find an end to it. With all the shocking statistics given to the audience, Davis was able to get a reaction out of the crowd, which helped capture the audience overall, but as well as move the argument even
Physical and sexual abuse, whether it is reported or not, is a problem that many prisoners face, however, transgender prisoners are key victims of this violence. Transgender inmates are 13 times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault/rape than non-transgender inmates (Brown 2014). Allen J. Beck (2014) reports an alarming result of 39.3 percent of sexual victimisation among transgender inmates in state & federal prisons, along with, 26.8 percent in local jails throughout America. For transgender women, most of them are incarcerated in male prisons based on their gender at birth. This raises significant risks of sexual assault/rape from the other male inmates as they present as a woman with feminie characteristics and demeanour.
The article explains how sexual assault continues to be a problem until this very day. When someone is sexually assaulted, it is very hard for them to cope with the fact that someone has touched them in the wrong way. For the ones who commits the assault, it will only become worse for them. A National Study says, “The main source of inmates’ knowledge of prison sex appears to come from their conversations with other inmates”(Response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act). Some inmates could portray the role of acting as if they are there for the victim to talk to, but there are other things that could result from this.
Human Rights Watch estimates that every year many thousands of young girls/women are lured, abducted or sold into prostitution (HRW 1995, 196). There is little state or international intervention in the traffickling of women, in part because prostitution is typically considered voluntary. Here the growing business in sex tourism, the structural violence limiting women’s choices and the increasing risks of deadly infection interact, rendering sex workers – voluntary or otherwise – tragically vulnerable (Pyne 1995). Nowadays, women sex tourism is growing in the world and become the criminal enterprise. According to the Global Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet, at least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor, about 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade, almost 6 million were trafficked for sexual exploitation, women and girls make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation .
This study examines the sex offenders while being incarcerated. Imprisoned sex offenders face ridicule because of their offense and they are the most victimized group of prisoners. This study tries to understand how these offenders try to be a part of the general prison population and how their conviction become known among the prison population. 59 interviews of formerly incarcerated men give their stories of how the sex offender passes themselves off as non-sex offenders in the prison environment.
There are many teenagers in the United States who are being charged life without parole in adult prison for crimes such as: involvement in a murder, second degree murder, first degree murder, and involuntary murder. Most people believe that when it comes to a juvenile murdering someone, they should be put in prison for life and tried as adults because it’s better for everyone in the situation. It’s understandable that adults believe teens know right from wrong even though their brains aren’t fully developed. Although they could be right, it’s proven that the majority of juveniles who are admitted to the adult system tend to develop mental disorders and are found to become more aggressive because of their surroundings, as a teenager myself, I believe there are other ways other than punishment for life for
Although some believe that criminals do not deserve the same rights as civilians, the transition from the real world to life behind bars is taking enough rights away on its own. Prisoners should be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, sexual harassment and sex crimes, and poor living conditions. These crimes behind the walls of prisons make it difficult for inmates to adapt and feel safe. Their safety is being neglected, not only by other prisoners, but by the workers themselves (Hunter). Staff members get away with these crimes so easily; in return, they provide resources to the prisoners that are challenging to get such as cigarettes, extra telephone cards, and helping them pass drug tests.
The health care system services in the prison has many flaws in the services that they provide for the prisoners, which can varies among individual by sex, race, and others account. According to Young (2000), “The majority of women in U.S. prisons belong to groups which systematically experience race, class, and, of course, gender oppression. On an individual level, the institutionalized nature of oppression means that people are not afforded the same opportunities to pursue economic, social, and personal well-being” (p. 220). The rate of incarceration females in prison and jails per 100,000 were black females 260 per 100,000, Hispanic females 133 per 100,000, and White female were 91 per 100,000 (US Department of Justice, 2015).The health
As an American society, we focus solely on punishment because of the idea of revenge but in order to help society prosper and grow prisons must gear their focus to help prepare offenders for the real world. Without rehabilitation many offenders often go back to committing the illegal crimes that placed them in prison the first time. Rehabilitation not only helps change the perspective of offenders but it also introduces them to an alternative way to live life outside of prison. Some forms of rehabilitation include anger management classes, educational classes, and vocational training. Through anger management classes, inmates would learn about different ways to cope with stress and how to control their aggression.
The change is needed to make our law enforcement safer to all people. This starts with proper training, and elimination of officers who are undoubtedly racist, have a record of fault in this category. The heads of police and government must monitor the officers and their actions, this will do a better job of making sure the officers are doing their job, and keeping the public safe. Without law enforcement, the U.S. would not be safe and the public would run wild. The police force must ensure the safety of the people, this can only happen if the infrastructure of law enforcement is safe itself for the
Victims are often silenced and told that telling law enforcement will only create more of a problem for them because prostitution is against the law. In most cases, no one steps forward to get their traffickers in jail. The feeling most girls have is turning there pimp in, means turning themselves in. In other cases, many get attached to their pimp and develop dysfunctional relationships that make them scared to come out and tell law enforcement. “Traffickers also play into the narrative by telling victims, who are exploited for sex, theyĺl threaten to call the police and report them for prostitution if they push back” (Alvarez 2).