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Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2011-12

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Date Published
May 2013
108 pages
Allen Beck Ph.D.; Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H.; Rachel Caspar; Christopher Krebs, Ph.D.
This study presents data from the National Inmate Survey (NIS), 2011-12.
Results show that in 2011-12, an estimated 4.0 percent of State and Federal prison inmates and 3.2 percent of jail inmates reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another inmate or facility staff. Rates of inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization reported by prison and jail inmates were higher among females than males, higher among Whites than Blacks, and higher among inmates with a college degree than those who had not completed high school. Eleven male prisons, 1 female prison, and 9 jails were identified as high-rate facilities based on the prevalence of inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization; and 8 male prisons, 4 female prisons, and 12 jails were identified as high rate based on the prevalence of staff sexual misconduct. An estimated 1.8 percent of juveniles ages 16 to 17 held in prisons and jails reported being victimized by another inmate, compared to 2.0 percent of adults in prisons and 1.6 percent of adults in jails. Among State and Federal prison inmates, an estimated 6.3 percent of those identified with serious psychological distress reported that they were sexually victimized by another inmate; in comparison, among prisoners with no indication of mental illness, 0.7 percent reported being victimized by another inmate. This study conducted surveys in 233 State and Federal prisons, 358 local jails, and 15 special correctional facilities (operated by U.S. Armed Forces, Indian tribes, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)) between February 2011 and May 2012, with a sample of 92,449 inmates age 18 or older and 1,738 inmates ages 16 to 17. Tables, figures, and appendixes

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