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Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2012-2015

NCJ Number
Date Published
July 2018
21 pages
Ramona R. Rantala
Publication Series
Publication Type
Statistics, Report (Annual/Periodic)
Data reported by correctional administrators on allegations of sexual victimization in prisons, jails, and other adult correctional facilities are reported for the years 2012-15.
This report indicates there were 24,661 allegations of sexual victimization in such facilities in 2015, according to reports by correctional administrators. Of these, an estimated 1,473 allegations were substantiated. Just over half (58 percent) of these substantiated incidents were perpetrated by inmates, and 42 percent were committed by staff members. The number of allegations reported in 2015 nearly tripled the 8,768 allegations in 2011, which coincided with the implementation of the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape. Allegations of staff-on-inmate sexual victimization increased more than inmate-on-inmate victimization, accounting for 63 percent of the total increase. Allegations of staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct increased 191 percent, from 2,800 in 2011 to 8,151 in 2015. The number of allegations in prisons increased from 6,660 in 2011 to 18,666 in 2015 (up 180 percent). The number of allegations in jails increased from 2,047 in 2011 to 5,809 in 2015 (up 184 percent). The number of substantiated incidents in 2015 (1,473) was down from 2014 (1,522); however, it was a 63-percent increase from the 902 substantiated incidents in 2011. Inmate-on-inmate sexual harassment was first measured in the Survey of Sexual Victimization in 2013. During 2013-15, an estimated 15,875 allegations of inmate-on-inmate sexual harassment were made. Of these allegations, 16 percent (2,426) were substantiated, based on completed investigations. 1 figure and definitions of report terms
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