Daily News: Staff-on-Inmate Sex Abuse Allegations at City Jails Spike, Statistics Show
TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

Dori Lewis from Legal Aid’s Prisoners’ Rights Project chimes in on recently released Department of Correction numbers showing a near threefold increase in sexual abuse allegations at city jails.

NY Daily News
Staff-on-Inmate Sex Abuse Allegations at City Jails Spike, Statistics Show
By Stephen Rex Brown
July 10, 2017

Allegations of sexual abuse at city jails more than doubled in 2016 from the previous year — though not a single staffer was held accountable for the vile conduct, new statistics show.

The data posted by the city on July 1 shows that claims of staff-on-inmate abuse spiked in 2016, along with charges of inmate-on-inmate abuse.

"The continuing scourge of sexual abuse and violence against people in the custody of the New York City Department of Correction is unconscionable and needs to stop," said Dori Lewis, of the Prisoners' Rights Project at The Legal Aid Society.

“DOC's inability to control the situation has well surpassed the breaking point. We need a new strategy from City Hall on how to completely address this horrifying reality at local jails.”

The new data comes one day before a Board of Correction hearing in which the spike in alleged sexual abuse is expected to be discussed.

Figures show that that last year 321 inmates alleged they were sexually abused by jail staffers, compared to 131 in 2015.

None of the 2016 cases were “substantiated,” meaning Correction officials investigated the charge and found it credible. Only one such case was substantiated in 2015.

Data on inmates sexually abusing other inmates was similarly grim.

Last year 155 inmates alleged they were sexually abused by another inmate, compared to 57 in 2015.

Only one of those cases was deemed credible.

Last month the Daily News reported on the surge in claims of sexual abuse and harassment, citing a slightly different set of statistics.

A DOC spokesman said the department has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and noted new methods have been implemented to confidentially report abuse at jails.


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