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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ohio Prison Rape Stats: 60,500 Victims Nationwide, State's Sex-Assault Rate Trails Texas

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- A Justice Department survey of 146 federal and state penitentiaries across the nation shows 60,500 inmates were subject to sexual victimization behind bars this year. That breaks down to 4.5% of all who are locked up, according to an estimate by the agency's bureau of justice statistics. The national survey included three Ohio prisons -- Belmont Correctional Institution, Grafton Correctional Institution and North Central Correctional Institution. All three hold male convicts.

At Belmont, the government reports 3.6% of inmates were sexually victimized by other prisoners or staff. At North Central, it was 3.8%. Grafton exceeded the national average at 4.8%.

Two Texas prisons had the nation's worst numbers, with one reporting a 15.7% rate. The Justice Department said the data was the best it could get but warned of inaccuracies.

"Survey responses represent inmate allegations. Despite efforts to reassure inmates that their reports would be kept confidential, some inmates may not have felt confident in reporting their experiences. AT the same time, some inmates may have made false allegations."

Federal officials are required to collect the data under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. The government surveyed 23,398 inmates who make the reports during "a personal interview and based on activity since admission to the facility or in the 12 months prior to the interview."

This link leads to the full text of the Justice Department's annual report. Six prisons surveyed reported no incidents.


  1. I wonder how many of the perpetrators were on death row and should have been executed by now?

  2. Hi Gordon --

    Good question. No answer. There is data in the survey that suggests some of the reported sexual incidents involved inmates and staff. Maybe at prisons for women that would occur more frequently?

    And thanks for dropping by. I do enjoy your work at Taxman. But I am not a fan of taxes.

  3. a dear friend of mine jeremy w was raped a number of times in lancaster.even after the gaurds learned of it they took no action to stop only stoped when a prison psyc found out and took action to aid is a dam shame that most gaurds let this crime go on.