Friday, September 11, 2009

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Weak on Sexual Misconduct by Prison Staff

In a new report issued this week, The Washington Post reports that "sexual misconduct by prison staff members with federal inmates doubled over the past eight years."

Under the Rove-Bush-Cheney Administration, sexual misconduct in federal prisons truly increased. But what about convictions?

The Post writes, "After studying hundreds of cases of alleged sexual assault, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine concluded that the response of the Federal Bureau of Prisons has been 'mixed' despite changes in the law and vocal efforts to crack down on misconduct. "

The Rove Republican Racket let these prison officials that engaged in sexual misconduct off the hook with a slight slap on the wrist.

The Post states, "Since a change in the law in 2006, the percentage of cases that assistant U.S. attorneys accepted for prosecution has risen by more than 12 percent. In the cases in which criminal charges were filed, 83 out of 90 resulted in convictions. The vast majority of the penalties, however, resulted in sentences of less than one year of prison time under both the older and newer laws. "

Less than one year! What an injustice! The staff of the Bureau of Prisons that engaged in the sexual abuse all should have been treated as rapists and obligated to register as sex offenders.