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Female Prison Inmates Often Suffer Horrible Abuses from Male Guards

Mary Thompson at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif.,

Does it make sense to allow women to be guarded by men?  Does it make even more sense that, in many cases, these guards get the benefit of the doubt from authorities and are often unsupervised?   That’s what people are starting to question and challenge.

Eleanor J. Bader at Truthout.org writes on the issue, stating that it’s time to examine how our nation deals with female prison inmates and the entire system itself.   She notes the massive power imbalance set to occur when men are allowed to guard women and maintain a position of authority.

Allowing male guards to oversee female prisoners is a recipe for trouble, says former political prisoner Laura Whitehorn. Now a frequent lecturer on incarceration policies and social justice, Whitehorn describes a culture in which women are stripped of their power on the most basic level. “Having male guards sends a message that female prisoners have no right to defend their bodies,” she begins. “Putting women under men in authority makes the power imbalance as stark as it can be, and results in long-lasting repercussions post- release.”

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17 Responses to Female Prison Inmates Often Suffer Horrible Abuses from Male Guards

  1. ONYECHI.BROWN@HOTMAIL.COM

    January 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    ALL THE BLACK MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND FIND SOLUTIONS TO ALL THESE PRISON PROBLEMS. WE ARE LOSING OUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN TO THESE PEOPLE.BB

  2. ONYECHI.BROWN@HOTMAIL.COM

    January 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    ALL THE BLACK MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND FIND SOLUTIONS TO ALL THESE PRISON PROBLEMS. WE ARE LOSING OUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN TO THESE PEOPLE.BB

  3. LaLa32caramel

    December 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I think something should be done about. Innocent people go to prison all the time or people with petty little crimes that is a waste of taxpayers money. They don’t deserve to be raped and beaten also. Yes there are some who did horrible acts but there are many who the only person they hurt was themselves. So do they deserve to be treated that way. Then we never know we might have a child, family member or ourselves wind up in prison. Never know what can happen.

  4. Maliki

    December 24, 2012 at 12:02 am

    WHAT ABOUT FEMALE GUARDS, GUARDING MEN? YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED BY HOW MANY FEMALE STAFF IN A CORRECTIOAAL ENVIRONMENT GET SEXUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED WITH CONVICTS. SO IS THAT ABUSE ALSO???