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NCJ Number: 202816 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Misconduct in Women's Facilities: The Current Climate
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:65  Issue:6  Dated:October 2003  Pages:118-121
Author(s): Alex Coolman
Date Published: October 2003
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article addresses sexual misconduct in women’s correctional facilities.
Abstract: This article describes several cases of sexual misconduct in women’s correctional institutions, including female inmates becoming impregnated while incarcerated, and suggests that attitudes and agency responses towards reports of sexual misconduct have changed in recent years. Sexual misbehavior, name-calling, and inappropriate leering are now explicitly prohibited by the policies of many correctional departments across the country. These policies have been designed because of a growing awareness that sexual assault during incarceration poses serious dangers to inmates’ mental and physical health. While vast improvements have been made by many correctional institutions making explicit policies against sexual misconduct in these facilities, there is a need for even more clarity in laws and policies, especially in the ways in which sexual misconduct is understood by and responded to by correctional facilities employees. A table presents the American Correctional Association’s Standards for addressing sexual misconduct.
Main Term(s): Professional misconduct; Sexual assault
Index Term(s): Female inmates; Female victims; Sexual assault victims; Sexual behavior; Sexual harassment
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