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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.” Bader and others are speaking about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) that is set to go before lawmakers soon. The law is going to be the first in history to address the prison rape problem which affects both men and women.   She notes also that between 1980 and 2010, the number of female prisoners shot up by 646 percent.  Most of the offenders were non-violent and this number doesn’t include the numbers in local jails or on parole. Prisoners’ rights activists note that, more often than not, these women enter the criminal justice system with long histories of domestic and other abuse. Indeed, a 2007 study by The American Civil Liberties Union  found that 92 percent of California’s female prisoners had been abused in some way prior to being taken into custody. The  Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of South Carolina corroborates this finding and notes that many teenage girls experienced their first arrest shortly after fleeing abusive homes. “What may be remarkable within this sample is the cumulative impact of cumulative victimization over the life span,” CCFS researchers report. “Many of the women suffered multiple traumas. They were victimized in multiple ways – child abuse and neglect, adult relationship violence, s****l violence, not to mention the number of times they experienced each type of victimization.” The Center calls it “poly-victimization” and cites women’s efforts to stop aggression or retaliate against an aggressor as a key reason many are behind bars. The researchers also note that a history of s****l abuse typically leads to other problems, including unplanned pregnancies, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, low self-esteem, depression and addiction – issues that can make incarceration exceptionally difficult. READ MORE  

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 comments

  1. ONYECHI.BROWN@HOTMAIL.COM

    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

    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. Nicole Mastermidnight Cunningham

    I. Rather nt let nbdy babysit me

  4. I would much rather be guarded by men co's then female one's…they r wayyy worst n most r lesbians wtf is the difference…me n a bitch in uniform don't get along.

  5. Instead of complaining about the system and who guards are… Use that same effort and energy into staying ya ass outta prison.

  6. 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.

  7. When have a building ever rehabilitated anyone? Rehabilitation comes from within the person. A person has to want to be rehabilitated to be rehabilitated.

  8. 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???

  9. It doesn't make sense to guard anyone who is going to be abusive. Men rape men, women are abusive to other women, it's not just a gender solution, it's a character solution.

  10. That's Why some take the job the Benefits..If you DON"T what to be a SLAVE don't do the CRIME…If you Do the CRIME! HUSH and take the PUNISHMENT..

    • just hope this kind of abuse doesnt ever happen to you and yours.

    • what about the inocent that go to prison think before you speak

    • Mi Voyce!!! All Blacks are my FAMILY—– Be real it happens everyday in Prison On the street by the police.. Still it don't make it right…Just like we hurt are own people but no one look at the Victim of these crime they suffer too

    • Incarceration is the punishment; it is not legal or moral for abusive COs to add humiliation and abuse to the legal punishment. This career choice often attracts men and women who have personal issues they have not dealt with and they choose this job to abuse those with less power than themselves. Female COs can behave HORRIBLY in men's prisons and would probably be just as awful in a women's prison. The prison system should rehabilitate, not warehouse and abuse!

  11. Wrong on every level, not to mention the potential and actual habitual sexual abuse or better yet rape that no doubt happens with impunity…….just wrong.

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