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From: Taoss - Sherry Swiney
To: PATRICK Crusade
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 8:11 PM
Subject: Per Brian Corbett of DOC - prison rape doesn't
exist in Alabama
As a matter of fact, prison rape is very COMMON in
Alabama prisons, that I know of: Holman, Fountain, St. Clair, Donaldson.
We hear about it all the time, but the guys know that
if they report it, nothing will happen to protect them.
Brian Corbett needs to be fired for lying about this!
If you know about a prison rape in Alabama, please
write about it to the prison commissioner and the governor.
Here are their addresses:
Alabama Governor Bob Riley
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Alabama Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell
DOC - Alabama Attn: COMMISSIONER
50 Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: did you see this?
This is awful...........Do you all know anything
about this Brian Corbett?!Corbett says they have no need of this info!!
He must be blind....This is from N C paper.
Alabama not reporting prisoner sexual assaults
By JAY REEVES
Associated Press Writer
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is pushing for a
nationwide study of rape in prison, yet his own state doesn't routinely
report such violence behind bars.
The Alabama Department of Corrections regularly
publishes statistics on physical assaults: 851 were recorded among the
state's 28,000 inmates during the last fiscal year.
But the agency does not release reports to show
how many of those assaults involve rape - which the FBI classifies as a
different crime - or whether the cases include other types of sexual assault.
Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said the
system, strapped for cash and overcrowded with inmates, typically has no
need for such information.
A check of investigative records for The Associated
Press revealed only one verifiable report of
an inmate-on-inmate sexual assault last year, Corbett said, and the nature
of the attack was unclear. Prison investigators receive many reports of
sexual assault that turn out to be instances of consensual sex acts, Corbett
"There may be nothing to report" about rape,
But Sessions said he was troubled by a lack
on verifiable information on prison rape in Alabama and other states. Sessions,
R-Mobile, is co-sponsoring a bill to provide $13 million for a nationwide
"I have believed that rape or sexual assault
in prisons is not that common, but I don't know," said Sessions, a former
federal prosecutor. "We need to find out how big the problem is."
The executive director of a Birmingham-based
agency that helps former prisoners with counseling and job searches suspects
the state doesn't report assaults because it wants to hide the extent of
inmate-on-inmate rape in Alabama prisons.
"It's a huge problem in our state," said Hank
Gray of Re-Entry Ministries Inc. "They are worried about being subjected
to public scrutiny, maybe lawsuits."
Gray's organization works with as 1,600 inmates
annually as they leave Alabama prisons, and he estimates as many as 75
percent of them were raped or pressured for sex while incarcerated.
Gray said an inmate at Donaldson Correctional
Facility complained recently that young prisoners are regularly raped by
older, stronger inmates at the prison, designed for 992 men but packed
with 1,502 inmates.
"They're fighting over them," he said.
Alabama's prisons and work-release centers in
January held 28,316 inmates, or twice the number of people they were designed
Alabama is not alone in failing to track sex
crimes behind bars, and there are no conclusive studies on the prevalence
of rape in prison. Estimates on the number of inmates who are sexually
assaulted vary widely.
A report released in 2001 by the group Human
Watch cited a study that estimated 10 percent
of all prisoners are raped by fellow prisoners. Alabama was among four
states that failed to respond to requests for data in the study.
In the report, Texas was the only state that
provided precise numbers on prosecution. The state's prison system said
in 1997 it had investigated a total of 519 cases of sexual assaults on
inmates by other inmates, and only four cases resulted in prosecution.
A separate study of the Nebraska prison system
in 1996 found that 22 percent of male inmates acknowledged being pressured
or forced into sex acts.
A prosecutor in St. Clair County, site of the
1,400-man St. Clair Correctional Facility, doesn't remember prosecuting
any inmates for prison rape in his 22 years in the office.
Lamar Williamson, an assistant district attorney,
said inmate victims generally refuse to file a report. "We almost never
have a willing witness," he said.
Gray, who works with ex-inmates, said former
prisoners who acknowledge being sexually assaulted behind bars can receive
one-on-one counseling through his ministry, but the numbers are overwhelming.
"We're seeing so many it's very time consuming,"
he said. "They don't want to talk about it."