Individuals convicted of criminal activity may face a prison sentence to pay their debt to society. Ideally, incarceration removes suspects from opportunities to harm others and deters future unlawful acts.
You might argue a need for reform within the criminal justice system. And reports suggest changes are necessary among prison guards overseeing those serving time.
A new vote for more compassion in prisons
Personal protection is part of serving a sentence. So, what happens in cases of sexual assault by a corrections officer?
One former prisoner recently spoke out about her experience in a California federal prison. Her petition for early release was granted due to “extraordinary and compelling circumstances.”
These types of cases previously involved serious medical conditions. However, an April vote by the U.S. Sentencing Commission paved the way for requesting compassionate release following abuse by those in charge of keeping order among inmates.
Progressive and humane treatment?
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) provides programs and services that facilitate federal inmates’ return to the community. Provisions include:
- Medical and mental health programs
- Substance abuse treatment
The BOP also acknowledges zero tolerance for sexual abuse among prisoners. Such policies apply to both inmate and staff behavior.
Rights and reports
Confidential misconduct allegations can be reported to the Office of the Inspector General, a prison staff member or through the BOP’s Administrative Remedy process. Still, inmates may need help protecting their interests – especially now that early release hangs in the balance.
The correctional system has a duty to the individuals in its care. Meanwhile, there’s no excuse for putting a prisoner’s fundamental human rights in question.