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WASHINGTON – The Review Panel on Prison Rape will hold a hearing in Springfield, Mass., on September 24, 2008. The hearings will be based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) recent report, Sexual Victimization in Local Jails Reported by Inmates, 2007. The purpose of the hearing is to assist BJS in identifying common characteristics of victims and perpetrators of rape in county jails with the highest and lowest incidence of rape. Representatives from the Hampden County, Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center, an identified facility with a low prevalence of sexual victimization, will testify on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 AT 8:30 A.M. EDT. The hearing that was scheduled for Thursday, September 25, 2008 regarding the New York City Rose M. Singer Center, a facility determined to have a high prevalence of sexual victimization, has been postponed. The link to the Federal Register notice is:

WHO: Review Panel on Prison Rape; Representatives from a jail facility with a low reported incidence of sexual victimization.
WHAT: Hearings on Hampden County, Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. EDT for Hampden County, Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center.
WHERE: Western New England College, School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road,
Springfield, Mass. 01119-2684
Members of the public who wish to attend the hearing should RSVP to Barbara Cooley at Western New England College, School of Law before 3 p.m. on September 23, 2008. Ms. Cooley can be reached at (413) 782-1624 or [email protected].