Prisoner rape is devastating; It is also preventable. This crisis will only end if corrections agencies across the country take full responsibility for the safety of their detainees. The May 15 PREA certification process is an important moment for governors to declare their commitment.
That the Obama administration has articulated in no uncertain terms that the Prison Rape Elimination Act should apply to all confinement is a huge victory for the countless detained individuals around the country.
There is a prison in Texas where 15.7% of the inmates were raped in the preceding year alone. In any country that likes to think of itself as a beacon of freedom, this is outrageous and must be stopped.