Push to End Prison Rapes Loses Earlier Momentum

Deborah Sontag, New York Times, May 12, 2015

The inmate, dressed in prison whites with a shaved head and incongruously tender eyes behind wire-rimmed glasses, entered the visiting room with her wrists joined as if she were handcuffed. At 31, she had spent her whole adult life behind bars, and it looked like a posture of habit.

She introduced herself: “My given name at birth was Joshua Zollicoffer, but my preferred name is Passion Star.”

A transgender woman whose gender identity has been challenged by Texas authorities, Ms. Star herself is challenging Texas’ refusal to accept new national standards intended to eliminate rape in prison, which disproportionately affects gay and transgender prisoners. Last spring, Gov. Rick Perry declared in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. that Texas had its own “safe prisons program” and did not need the “unnecessarily cumbersome and costly” intrusion of another federal mandate.

Ms. Star, who says she is a victim of repeated sexual harassment, coercion, abuse and assault in Texas’s maximum-security prisons for men, disagrees.

“Look, I got 36 stitches and have scars on my face that prove the prisons are not safe and the current system does not work,” she said. “Somebody needs to be intrusive into this state’s business. Because if somebody was intruding, probably these things would not happen.”

After decades of societal indifference to prison rape, Congress, in a rare show of support for inmates’ rights, unanimously passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003, and Mr. Perry’s predecessor as governor, President George W. Bush, signed it into law.

“The emerging consensus was that ‘Don’t drop the soap’ jokes were no longer funny, and that rape is not a penalty we assign in sentencing,” said Jael Humphrey, a lawyer with Lambda Legal, a national group that represents Ms. Star in a federal lawsuit alleging that Texas officials failed to protect her from sexual victimization despite her persistent, well-documented pleas for help.

But over 12 years, even as reported sexual victimization in prisons remained high, the urgency behind that consensus dissipated. It took almost a decade for the Justice Department to issue the final standards on how to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse in custody. And it took a couple of years more before governors were required to report to Washington, which revealed that only New Jersey and New Hampshire were ready to certify full compliance.

With May 15 marking the second annual reporting deadline, advocates for inmates and half of the members of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, a bipartisan group charged with drafting the standards, say the plodding pace of change has disheartened them despite pockets of progress.

{snip}

Some commissioners fault the Justice Department for failing to promote the standards vigorously. Others blame the correctional industry and unions for resisting practices long known to curb “state-sanctioned abuse,” as one put it. All lament that Congress has sought to weaken the modest penalties for noncompliance, and that five governors joined Mr. Perry last year in snubbing the standards.

{snip}

Last year, 42 governors signed a form providing “assurance” to the Justice Department that they were advancing toward compliance. But they were allowed to make that assurance without having conducted any outside audits; the commissioners protested this in a letter to Mr. Holder in November, expressing concern about “efforts to delay or weaken” adherence to the standards.

In fact, the ambitious goal to audit every prison, jail, detention center, lockup and halfway house in this country over a three-year period is far behind schedule.

Some 8,000 institutions are supposed to be audited for sexual safety by August 2016; only 335 audits had been completed by March, according to a Justice Department document obtained from the office of Senator John Cornyn of Texas; the department declined to provide numbers.

{snip}

But states face only a small penalty, the loss of 5 percent of prison-related federal grants, if they opt out of the process entirely. “There are a lot of carrots in PREA, and not enough sticks,” said Brenda V. Smith, an American University law professor and another former commissioner.

Texas forfeited $810,796–the equivalent of a minuscule fraction of its multibillion-dollar corrections budget–after Mr. Perry declined to sign an assurance letter. According to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, this loss “will not have any effect on T.D.C.J. operations.”

The other renegade states, as advocates called them, were Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana and Utah.

{snip}

Ms. Star was 19 when she arrived at Telford, with no possibility of parole for a decade. She was quickly inducted into a gang-ruled world with an ultimatum, she said: “You’re going to ride with us, or you’re going to fight.”

“In the state of Texas, in the general population, there is a culture where gay men and transgender women in prison are basically preyed on by the stronger inmates,” she said. “They have to be the property of a person who’s in a gang, and this person is the individual who speaks for them. So basically they’re coerced into being sexually active to survive.”

Ms. Star said that after complaining fruitlessly to prison employees, she submitted to a coerced sexual relationship. She tried to leave the inmate once, she said, but he choked her in response.

The most recent national inmate survey by the Justice Department found that sexual victimization was reported by 3.1 percent of heterosexual prisoners, 14 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual prisoners and 40 percent of transgender inmates.

{snip}

As a researcher who studied prison rape when nobody wanted to know about it, Cindy Struckman-Johnson, a social psychologist at the University of South Dakota, was astonished when Congress passed the rape legislation.

“To me it was like a miracle,” said Ms. Struckman-Johnson, a former commissioner who described how she had become “persona non grata” in Nebraska in the 1990s after finding a high rate of prison rape there. “Ever since PREA, nobody can really be in denial.”

The law described prison rape as epidemic. Ideologically evenhanded, it referred at once to “the day-to-day horror of victimized inmates” and to “brutalized inmates more likely to commit crimes when they are released.” It spoke of the potential spread of H.I.V. and of the need for Congress to protect the constitutional rights of prisoners in states where officials displayed deliberate indifference.

{snip}

And indeed, judged through a long lens, considerable progress has been made. That wardens across the country now profess zero tolerance for sexual abuse represents a cultural transformation itself. There are antirape posters on prison bulletin boards, hotlines to report sexual abuse, educational videos for inmates, and training sessions for guards. Statistics show some prisons and jails with very low or even no reported sexual abuse.

{snip}

Yet others are disappointed that the states are moving slowly and that the Justice Department declines to say how much longer it will allow governors to provide “assurances” instead of certifying compliance.

{snip}

In 2006, Ms. Star was transferred to the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Falls.

Allred would soon be singled out by the Justice Department as one of the 10 most sexually violent prisons in the country. Five of the 10, in fact, were in Texas, and Ms. Star would end up doing time in three of them.

{snip}

At Allred, when she told a prison official she feared for her life after refusing sexual demands, the official told her she would be fine because she is black, she claims in her lawsuit. Over the years, she came to believe the system’s protection program was racially discriminatory.

A racial breakdown of the inmates in safekeeping, provided by Texas, indicates she may have had a point. Of the 1,569 inmates with that status now, 57 percent are white, while whites constitute 30 percent of the inmate population. Twenty-three percent in safekeeping are black, compared with 35 percent over all, and 19 percent are Hispanic, compared with 33 percent.

{snip}

Texas has a very low rate of substantiating allegations. Of 743 reports of sexual assault and abuse in the 2013 budget year, 20 cases, or 2.7 percent, were corroborated; the national rate is 10 percent. One prison rape case was sent to a grand jury that year.

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  • MekongDelta69

    My given name at birth was Joshua Zollicoffer, but my preferred name is Passion Star.

    Does this degeneracy even warrant a serious comment?

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Jeez, don’t you watch “Transparent” and all the shows about poor, bullied trannies? You’re behind on your brainwashing, comrade!

      • ElComadreja

        Not all prison rape involves trannies or homosexuals.

  • dd121

    I guess I should care, but I don’t.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Right? The pronoun use in the first paragraph, a glance at the author (Sontag). Next! I have homework fatigue.

      I guess I am just glad Mr. Wolff at least reads this crap. I should send them a check.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Whites are the most likely to be raped by a fellow inmate, but blacks are the most likely to be raped by a prison administrator. That speaks to the innate power paradigm of multiculturalism; that is, black prisoners will use the absence of authority to abuse white prisoners.

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        It also means that (white, brown, or black) staff prefer having sex with black men.

        • toldev

          That chart only shows what the inmates have alleged. Those are not cases that have actually been tried and some body was convicted. Some of the black inmates alleging that the warden raped them are probably as credible as Tawana Brawley.

        • ElComadreja

          They’re all on the downlow anyway.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      You should care when an innocent white person is sent to jail. If you don’t think innocent white people are sent to jail, you must be living under a rock with internet access.

      .

      • Cid Campeador

        The solution is to “eliminate” all these multiple, violent offenders e.g. Letalvus Cobbins, Le Maricus Davidson, Vanessa Coleman, The Carr brothers, Brittany Norwood, De Marquis Elkins and Keith Esters. Jonathon Perkins and a host of other cockroaches who need to be exterminated!

  • Mosaic

    This black man does not appear to appreciate white women all that much

    facebook[dot]com/116687955016786/videos/941096772575896/

    But then again the above video clip appears to be set up because things placed that high are not usually for sale. And also, most people would simply call for an assistance from a clerk.

  • Trying to pass it off as a World War T thing and not a race issue. Figures.

    Really, it won’t end until the government authority over a given jail or prison is made to have strict liability for prison rape.

    • ElComadreja

      That should have been done decades ago. They knowingly allow this crap to continue.

  • Luca D.

    Solitary confinement. Problem solved.

    • GAWZ

      That is inhumane too (according to the do-gooders). From what I am gathering, incarceration is a human rights violation. (The libs don’t seem to mention the victims who suffer at the hands of violent criminals, though. Funny how that works).

      • Publius Pompilius Quietus

        “Human rights” are said to be inseparable from our nature, but such rights did not exist in theory or practice until recently. Thus, human rights is obviously a false ideology.

        • RebelliousTreecko

          A human right is whatever the U.N says is a human right. A social construct.

        • Anon

          Whose nature?

          White Christians invented the very concept of rights and the value of human life. And imposed them on the rest of the world at the point of a sword.

          These three things can only work together. White people…Christianity….and an armed population that understands the morality of killing evil people.

      • Anon

        And no one mentions the main method this is handled in our society.

        Three million times a year….a gun is used to stop a violent crime. Some of these guys are arrested. Some run away afterward.

        But lets be direct here….most get the George Zimmerman treatment. The most common cause of death for blacks is a combination of being a victim of crime or being killed by an intended victim of crime (curious how the World Health Organization refuses to separate those two stats)

        Part of this issue is crime. We certainly pay enough for police, prison, courts etc. But the larger part of the issue is race war. Decades and decades of race war.

        The level of white denial is….staggering.

        During Obama’s time in office, gun sales have doubled, then doubled again. Ammunition is hard to stock up on despite production being many times what it was a decade ago.

        What’s going on here….a shift, away from the criminal model to the war model.

    • Anon

      And it only costs more than what it would to attend Harvard Law each year.

      I prefer the 50 cent solution. Two rounds of .357 magnum ammo cost about 24 cents each.

      And you can reuse the brass about a dozen times.

  • superlloyd

    Bubba lubs him some downlow action in NU. It would be a breach of its’ yuman rites to punish the violent, pervert criminal. It will also disparately impact blacks. We can’t allow this.

    • ElComadreja

      It’s a lot more likely to be Jaquavious than Bubba doing the raping.

  • B.E.L.

    I’m having a hard time giving a crap about this one.

    • Dave West

      That about sums up my feelings as well.

      • ejXinMI

        Who cares what the Democrats do to each other?

        • Rustler

          Looks like the Fox News tards are taking over amren. Anyone home upstairs?

    • toldev

      I really don’t care what happens to Passion Star either. But there is a serious problem of black on white rape in prisons. Some might say that if a white man is in prison, he deserves it. I don’t feel that way because some white men in prison are there for something stupid; e.g. cheating on their taxes.

      • ElComadreja

        There’s actually some innocent ones too.

  • AmericanCitizen

    There’s too much going on in the world for me to shed a tear or even care one iota about a criminal getting raped in prison.

    Don’t want to be violated in prison? Then don’t commit the crimes that got you there in the first place. I’m betting the civilian victims of these criminals aren’t losing sleep over clandestine anal violations behind bars.

    • About 20 years ago (through KFI radio) I learned about a young White guy that was arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket, and spent the better part of 3 days being sexually violated by (according to him) 10 black guys in a Washing DC jail. No one was sympathetic and argued he should have paid his fine.

      • ghettovalley

        It’s disgusting that things such as this are allowed to happen. Given the prevalence of blacks committing sexual assault against others behind bars, clearly they need to be kept to themselves and segregated from others. But that would hurt bwack pweoples poor wittle feelings and we can’t have that.

        • Rustler

          The real disgusting things is that whites are the only group who is ok with their own being raped. Our race has unique pathology of not caring about each other’s well being. Even the white nationalists movement is full of people like this.

          • ElComadreja

            Well said. Some of the comments here are turning my stomach. Maybe they should spend some time in jail with non-whites and have their attitudes adjusted.

    • Alex Williamson

      People go to prison for some pretty petty crimes. Getting raped by a big silverback is hardly a fair punishment for unpaid fines or smoking a joint.

    • Irish

      Too flip, young people (Men in particular) make stupid decisions. Particularly those not raised in a two parent household without a man around..I’ve no problem sending people who commit crimes to prison. While they are in the custody of the State, it is our responsibility to pretect them from abuse.

    • IstvanIN

      People screw up, some worse than others, rape is wrong. Period.

    • Rustler

      Flag waving patriotards are the reason why white nationalist has totally failed over the last 25 years.

      • TCA

        The fact that Jews control the culture has something to do with it also.

    • Titan000

      So sodomy should be a punishment for criminals?

      • TCA

        He didn’t say that.

        • ElComadreja

          Actually he did.

  • Easyrhino

    The DOG has little interest in this issue as the vast majority of the victims are no doubt White

    • ElComadreja

      You can bet there’d be a whole new level of interest if the races were reversed.

  • HwitazManwaz

    Racially segregated prisons and swift capital punishment for #1degree rape. This would eliminate a great deal of human suffering for inmates just trying to do their time.

    • Exactly. And very few White men deserve to be raped by Negroes in prison. There are of course, some exceptions-I pray that James Holmes is found guilty and gets everything that is coming to him.

      • TrueNorthFree

        James Holmes has schizophrenia. The only countries that still torture people who live with severe mental illness are third world Muslim majority countries. We are more enlightened.

        • Tell me you aren’t serious? James Holmes is a cruel, cold, calculating killer. he knew exactly what he was doing and even made sure that he himself would not get hurt by wearing body armor. In addition he booby trapped his apartment so first responders would get hurt, too. Now, he is trying the crazy act and already got his trial postponed. Yeah, crazy like a fox. I only hope that P.O.S. doesn’t game the system to a successful insanity defense. Seems like he already fooled you.

          • IstvanIN

            The he should be put to death, not tortured by Shitavious. We are civilized, or at least our founding fathers wanted us to be.

          • Point taken. My remark was somewhat tongue in cheek. Yes, I think he is guilty; he, in my opinion, merits the death penalty if anyone does. I guess I really meant that whatever bad happens to him, I wouldn’t care.

          • Who Me?

            I’m not sure about that. Seems like life in an insane asylum might be worse than life in a federal prison…

          • And, in a few years he can fool his therapists like he has apparently fooled some here, and be “cured” of his “mental illness.” I think that man is evil; I never said he was stupid. Don’t underestimate him.

          • TrueNorthFree

            Clearly after what he did he should never be given the opportunity to kill again. He is a mass murderer. He is also a person who lives with schizophrenia, the most severe of all mental illnesses.

          • Irish

            The fact that Holmes has a genius level I.Q. does not take away from the truth that he is severely mentally ill..I don’t know whether or not a court will find him psychologically fit to stand trial or not..I do know he was thrown out of University because his professor stated every time I saw him I was certain he was going to kill me..Holmes should have been stopped long before the voices in his head led him to walk into a movie theater with a weapon of war..He was a time bomb.. And lots of people knew it, the blame falls on their shoulders too.

          • Voices? Yeah, the same voices that told him how to carefully plan the attack and make sure he himself didn’t get killed? Uhhh, huh. Damn, you should write for MSNBC if you don’t already.

          • TrueNorthFree

            Clearly you have your mind made up and you believe that people who live with severe mental illness are just faking it.

          • TrueNorthFree

            Yes, the issue is that recent laws passed in most civilized countries make it almost impossible to commit people who are severely mentally ill against their will. Social justice warriors thought that forced medical treatment was cruel so they campaigned to make it very hard for family members to get help for their loved ones who are in psychosis and suffering from delusions, paranoia, etc. If James Holmes had received proper anti-psychotic medication in a timely manner those people would still be alive.

      • IstvanIN

        None deserve to be raped.

      • Rustler

        No white should ever be raped by a blacks or anyone. No matter what. No group with any pride allows it’s members to be expolited by outsiders NO MATTER WHAT THEY DID.

        Punishment is an internal matter for the in group to carry out, you never throw your own to the dogs.

      • ElComadreja

        No one deserves to be raped by negros except other negros.

  • LexiconD1

    I just can’t find it in me to muster up any kind of sympathy.

    I hope we don’t have to pay for any ‘gender reassignment surgery’ for this creature.

    • Rustler

      This kind of mindless hate is why we white nationalists have not gotten anywhere in the 25 years since Amren started.

      If you think that way, at least be smart enough to keep it to youself.

      I have to blame the “leaders” of the WN movement for not enforcing any kind of discipline over what the followers say, like every single other political movement does.

      Stay on message. Just blurting outrageous things out is not an effective strategy.

      • LexiconD1

        Are you for real? Be gone troll.

        • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

          Oh come on now, don’t you know you’re a h8r because you don’t worship those freaks? It’s a PRIVILEGE to pay for their mutilations, didn’t you get the memo?

  • Charles Brumbelow

    If rape is to be part of the punishment for a crime, it needs to be so specified in the sentencing. If not, then it needs to be prevented if possible. If a person is in jail even for a limited time the Red Cross doesn’t want their blood. That is a real indicator of the prevelance of rape in the “justice” system.

    • Thank you. Intelligent comment.

    • IstvanIN

      Young people have been raped and even died in prison from attacks by blacks for arrests like driving over the legal limit or minor pot infractions.

  • Rape should never be a part of the prison experience.
    However, I acknowledge not many feel as strongly about it as I do.

    • IstvanIN

      Our Founding Fathers, some of the most profound thinkers of all time, were against cruel and unusual punishment and lynch mob punishment.

    • Irish

      Well they are wrong and you (And every other thinking person) are right..Wasn’t part of their sentence. And if we are saying by omission that it is. That’s a nation I want no part of.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Rape is worse than murder in my book.

    • JGTThrasher

      I know I do. As someone who has been railroaded by the system, in a failed attempt at giving me some real time in the past, and knowing the predatory nature of many who are in the system, I cannot help but be thankful that I was never subjected to such a thing. I would have snapped and went to war with everything in authority.

    • TCA

      If a “loose woman” gets drunk at a party and is “date raped,” it’s a crime, but not the same kind of crime as if someone breaks into a convent and rapes a cloistered nun.
      Regardless of his rhetoric, I dont think anyone really believes that prison rape is OK. Rather he means merely that people who get sent to prison are usually (not always) people who have brought their problems upon themselves, and therefore not entitled to copious sympathy, federal intervention, special political status, favorable treatment, etc. e.g. Chelsea Manning.

  • Yeah, so it is just the poor transgenders who are “disproportionately” victimized? Bull. It is Whites who are disproportionately victimized, but of course no one will say that. That wouldn’t fit the liberal narrative.

    • LHathaway

      Human Rights Watch did a report on prison rape. There was quite a bit of focus on Whites victim of prison rape. Supposedly, more men are raped in this nation than women.

      • ghettovalley

        It’s a massive problem, but no one wants to talk about it. Once someone enters prison, that doesn’t mean they’re some kind of ignorant useless scumbag. It only takes one little mistake to find yourself there, especially in modern day Orwellian America. It really bothers me that young white men are thrown into prison with black murderers and rapists, to be tortured, assaulted, and exploited by soulless black savages who behave more like animals than men. Especially considering the fact that most young white men are sentenced to this nightmarish fate over victimless drug crimes. Everyone makes mistakes, some worse than others. No one deserves to be raped for them, though. American prisons, as well as society in general, should be racially segregated.

      • I read that. Yes, males are actually more victimized than females and apparently that even includes sexual violence.

        • LHathaway

          I guess this is just another sign of the insane times . . . boasting that men are raped more often than women in the USA! See there! There’s nothing wrong . . .

          I can make insane statements of my own, haha on me.

    • IstvanIN

      Actually Justice Thomas did in his dissent defending the racial segregation of prison. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, being and evil and moralless person, approved of integrated prisons because it violated the rights of black inmates.

      • Yeah, Whites can be victimized and even raped, but hey, the blacks must not have their precious “self esteem” damaged, huh? You are right, people like Ruth Bader Ginsburg are just plain evil.
        The poor black inmates: “I wuz a po africun mericun unmate in da system. An it wuz orrible. Dey locked me up wid sumwun who wuz….juz like me!…” (sobbing and crying.)

  • Alex Williamson

    I’d be concerned if normal people were getting raped, but if it’s just queers and transgenders I don’t really care.

    • IstvanIN

      Then you are not a very moral or fair minded person. If gays and trannies are being attacked by either inmates or other prisoners that is wrong.

      • Irish

        Yeah, if Im unlucky, or foolish enough to find myself locked up. I don’t want to be locked up with gays, or wanna women. That said they shouldn’t be abused for their non-conforming / deviant behavior.

    • Rustler

      And people wonder why the masses won’t support the white nationalist movement.

      We need a pro white movement that is compassionate and moral. Racial consciousness and loyalty have nothing to do with this kind of for shock values ultra conservatism. That’s what’s been holding us back.

  • LHathaway

    How can 1.2% of the rapes be heterosexual and 12.2% of rapes be non-heterosexual?

    Is there a third kind of sex I’m missing out on?

    • Alex Williamson

      They mean 1.2% of heterosexuals get raped and 12.2% of queers do.

      • LHathaway

        TY.

    • TCA

      Black maff.

  • tickyul

    WUT???

    People on this site saying YAWN, don’t care!!! Your son makes a mistake in life, gets
    locked-up 6 months……….and is forced into sexual-slavery, NO BIGGIE?????

    • TrueNorthFree

      Not everyone feels that way. It is a biggie, in my opinion. Nobody deserves to be raped.

      • RyanP

        There are some sex offenders who I would not lose any sleep over them getting raped in prison. But in general I agree, most people in prison are not there for crimes that warrant rape as a penalty.

        • Exuberant Auditor

          None of them warrant rape as a penalty because they are already being punished for their crime. If you think their crime deserves a heavier punishment, then a lengthier sentence should be considered.

          • RyanP

            I agree completely. I did not choose my words carefully. I want rape eliminated from the prison system completely. My only point was that it is less troubling to me on an emotional level that certain people are sexually abused vs. others.

      • tickyul

        Good for you, I agree, nobody’s sentence should include rape as punishment.

    • Weisheit77

      It’s a big deal in my opinion. It’s not the inches that makes me control my temper and not do dumb things, it’s the inches. Rape is never cool.

      • Michael Robert Ryan

        When reading news reports of black atrocities against whites, I have often wondered how many thousands of acts of vigilantism by white men have been prevented by the thought of prison rape.

  • I am still aghast. When I was locked up in the feds, there wasn’t any rape. I didn’t gang-up, but my best friend was the biggest outlaw biker in the unit (Banditos). We didn’t have sex or anything. My file says I taught him to read, but what I really did was bring him from a “Tip and Mitten” level to “Aviation Week & Space Technology”. We planned out hot-rod car builds together, and I received a lot of swords & sorcery novels from old college friends, which I gave to him. I wish prison could be like that for everyone who will eventually be released back into society.

    • IstvanIN

      Sounds like you managed a good deed while there. Bravo.

      • It was so very miserable that I had to do that. It was my revenge against the system. One of my former friends sent me letters, which was completely humiliating. I love him for those letters, but there I was.

        • pcmustgo

          I’ve known 3 people who went to prison, 2 black, 1 white. The white and black guy were in for 1-3 years, minor crimes, in CT or Upstate NY, they said there were no racial tensions and no rapes… I did meet a black guy a long time ago as a teen who told me about a gang rape he witnessed in prison.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      So it didn’t happen to you (thank God), but did it happen to others?

  • TrueNorthFree

    I am hetero but I am totally OK with the gays. It troubles me when people make vicious remarks about trans people. I understand the psychological discomfort BUT I do know some trans people and every trans person I have known personally deals with significant mental illness. Gay activists usually tear me to shreds when I say that because it is not politically correct but I do believe that trans people are mentally ill people, and therefore they have my kindness and tolerance.
    Perhaps there are mentally stable trans people out there, but I have not personally met any.

    • IstvanIN

      That makes sense, the disconnect between body and brain is beyond me.

    • how about this

      Would you say the same thing about the gays you have known?

  • TrueNorthFree

    I wonder why a higher percentage of whites are sexually assaulted in prison?? Is it because they are not tough enough to fight back, I wonder? What is the deal with that?

    • IstvanIN

      Prison is loss of freedom, not loss of life, limb and virginity at the hands of other inmates.

    • Rustler

      It’s becasue whites are too individualistic. White inmates won’t lift a finger to help a white being raped by blacks, even in a mostly white prison. But black inmates will fight to the death to stop a fellow black who isn’t gay from being raped by anyone, even if they are the only two blacks in prison. Blacks and other nonwhite races see themselves as their brother’s keeper, whites are selfish and only care about themselves.

      The sickness of whites is pathological invividualism. That’s why conservatism and liberatarianism are the problem, not the solution.

      • toldev

        I do not think that is true. It isn’t like prison rape happens happens out in the yard and all the whites just look the other way when one of their own is being raped.

        On the outside, the most desirable victim to rapists is a white woman. On the inside, the closest the rapist can get to that is a white man. It is likely that white men and woman are both targeted for the same reasons.

  • Irish

    Never been to prison Thank God..But prison is where we as a society take men’s (And it is mostly men) free time on this earth. A awesome, and to my mind horrible responsibility..We do not sentence them to a loss of their manhood..On the contrary, It is our, as a country’s responsibility to protect prisoners in our care (we are all the State) from abuse..If you feel differently than I submit we should do as the theocrats In Iran do, and simply hang our prisoners, or lop off a hand..I for one would surely rather suffer the loss of a limb than the loss of my dignity.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      Yes, and I have made that point here before when a similar subject rose up — the custodial sentence is the punishment, and should be the only one. The tolerance of such a practice to flourish for so long in prisons has been a moral failing on our part, a supposedly civilized society.

      • Irish

        Someone much smarter than I once remarked that you can tell the state of any Society by how it treats it’s incarcerated..

  • ghettovalley

    Guess who is doing a significant portion of the raping, anyone? The same group of people with astronomical rates of HIV/AIDS, I imagine.

    • IstvanIN

      Gays? No, blacks.

      • ghettovalley

        Gay blacks

  • HwitazManwaz

    Does anyone know of any individuals or organizations working to advance the practice of racially segregated prisons? A worthy cause to support I say.

  • spahnranch69 .

    From what I understand sexual assaults in US prisons are thankfully rare. Most of the sex is consensual in nature. The ones that do get sexually assaulted are almost always child molesters and snitches. I suspect this particular freak is just trying to get special treatment or transferred to a medium security prison by playing the victim card.

    • I suspect you are correct. The usual routine in Texas was that already gay blacks would hook up with Mexican boyfriends who would buy them things from the prison commissary in exchange for sex.

    • Rustler

      Not true rape is very common in prison.

      • spahnranch69 .

        With a moniker like “Rustler” you might wish it were so, but it is not.

  • IstvanIN

    Prisons, in a sane society, would be segregated not only by sex, but by race, age, type of crime (you don’t want murderers in with DWI, Child Support and Pot offenders) and LBGT types as much as possible. It is safer for both prisoners and COs.

    • The feds do that.

      • Michael Robert Ryan

        The Maricopa County Jail system does it too, or at least did years ago during the days of my misspent youth when I was making the rounds there.

        Now that everyone knows I’ve been in jail, allow me to answer the question that I’m sure is foremost in everyone’s mind: no, I was never raped in there, and I never heard of anyone else being raped in there, either. But the state prisons, I heard, were much different in that regard. The problem seems mostly to exist in state prisons, not in federal prisons or county jails.

    • Michael Robert Ryan

      Prisons, in a sane society, would be segregated…by…type of crime

      Most states actually do this. Non-violent drug offenders aren’t thrown in the same facility with murderers, for example. It’s called classification. But evidently that isn’t enough to stop rape.

  • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

    I don’t care about freaks like this…”thing”, but prison rape is pretty bad and I don’t like to think of white guys that are in jail for something dumb getting raped and getting AIDS. Of course, if you’re a child rapist, they should encourage it because you deserve what you get.

  • Rustler

    It’s long been known that Texas is the prison system with the most rapes, especially of the black on white kind. That’s the kind if sickness that evangelical christian conservatives in the South encourage. That’s why younger white nationalists want nothing to do with conservatism.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Sorry, can you elaborate on that? How are evangelical Christians to blame for prison rape in Texas? I also think younger WN’s are “conservative” but they aren’t “Republican” style conservatives. There is a difference but I’m sure you know that.

  • Anon

    At this point, any serious attempt to address the prison issue involves emptying our prison population into a giant hole and covering that hole up. Only effective if we also mandate immediate next day execution for all future rape, robbery, murder and felonious assault (attempts to maim and kill). The leftover prison space could be used to house communists and anyone else who has a problem with the executions. Only exceptions made for political prisoners. The 1% of the prison population who did not commit a violent crime and are in prison for non-crimes or victimless crimes. A good example of this. Recently, some poor jackass was moving to Maine and had the bad sense to get off the highway in New Jersey. It was obvious he was moving and when the cop who pulled him over asked him, (instead of keeping his mouth firmly shut), this guy mentioned his lawfully transported firearms collection locked up among his stuff. Legal in NJ. Spelled out specifically as legal under our laws. Arrest….tried….hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the best legal defense available.

    Convicted….ten years prison. What happened? A racist black jury sent him to prison for the crime of being white.

    Things to understand. The other 99% of those in prison are GUILTY….and don’t go to prison except for repeated and heinous victim oriented crime. Rape is an almost impossible to prosecute or prevent outside HARD time. What is HARD time….100% solitary confinement. Usually reserved for the most hardened criminals. The ones who immediately kill anyone they are in the same room with…and there are alot of them. Which is why we have SuperMax.

    Rape victims also commit rape. They also peddle ass. That’s what “Passion Star” is doing in prison. This person has committed and been subject to HUNDREDS of rapes….mostly for drugs and money. What he means by sexual harassment are people who don’t pay (which begs the question, how many non-paying “rapists” have been dealt with in the standard way….with a shiv in the neck). You understand? You can’t rape a whore…..a whore only cares about money. Rape means you didn’t pay.

    In the prison system, gangs control such behavior. Combined with the victim as victimizer issue and with the consent for pay thing, it’s just not possible for our prison system to deal with this.

    And it shouldn’t be….99% of the people involved should not be in prison…they should be dead….and sane society executes this population and has for all of 5000 years of recorded history. And for good reasons…..ones our society is finding out the hard way. The expensive way. The harsh way once Clinton gets her way and lets all these people out.

    • Rustler

      This kind of crazy talk about executing everyone is why WN can’t attract any support despite the terrible things that are happening to whites now.

      When are going to get a serious white nationalist movement that understands politicas, marekting and public relations?

      Instead, we have a bunch of freaks on the internet who compete to say the most obnoxious and extreme things.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        The media and it’s incessant brainwashing of whites is why WN can’t attract whites. White people in general are so deeply asleep that nothing will wake them up. No matter what you do, you won’t “attract any support” until you stop the relentless propaganda machine and anti-white filth that comes nonstop, 24-7-365, from absolutely everywhere. Besides, do you really want to pin your hopes on a bunch of people who were only attracted by a slick (meaning: YKW-run) marketing campaign? I’d rather have the freaks, or anyone driven by sincere and passionate conviction. But I’m undoubtedly one of those freaks so what do I know?

    • Michael Robert Ryan

      Legal in NJ. Spelled out specifically as legal under our laws.
      Arrest….tried….hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the best
      legal defense available.

      Convicted….ten years prison. What happened? A racist black jury sent him to prison for the crime of being white.

      OT, but something doesn’t add up, here. The first thing they teach you in law school is that if you’ve got a good case, you go to a judge; if you’ve got a bad case, you go to a jury. If this guy’s case was so good, then why didn’t his topflight lawyers request a bench trial instead of a jury trial? If everything you say about the case is true, then if he had had a bench trial he’d almost certainly be free today.

  • Rob

    Deborah Sontag, is she a relative of Susan Sontag??

  • Eagle1212

    Leave it as it is, all scumbag criminals deserve the royal treatment by their cell mates.

    • Nimadan

      If Jarrett, Holder, and Obama had his way, everybody who posts on forums like these would be in prison. In their minds, the “scumbag criminals” are me and YOU.

  • Brady

    I’ll just say this: prison is the absolute worst place for a man to act like a woman.

    Also, interesting to note is that inmate on inmate sexual assualt is four times more common in women’s prisons, while staff on inmate is about the same in women’s as in men’s.

    • We were told by the warden at A&O to not have sex with willing staffers. It would get them in trouble and might leave us with horrible diseases.

  • Timothy Adams

    The stats on this article are absolute trash.

  • Light from the East

    Wow! Just look at the chart! We have such great diversity in prison, far more than national average.

    • Lexonaut

      What follows isn’t directed at you, LftE, it’s just that your post prompted me to write as follows …

      I couldn’t look at the chart. Once I realized what the article was about, I couldn’t read the words, either … because there was no need.

      This is because I, trained as a theoretical physical chemist, am not required to waste my time finding the flaw in a particular design for a perpetual motion machine.

      Prison sucks. I’ve known this all my life and I’m completely uninterested in the details of the many different ways that it sucks, nor do I give a rodent’s rear about how to make going to prison a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

  • Lexonaut

    I’m outraged. This is because 100% of people who have been convicted of crimes and sent to prison at some point in their lives either have died, are dying, or are going to die.

    I always thought that prison was supposed to be a fun place where nothing bad could happen to you. Silly me. Somebody once said to me “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime” and I told him that he was a vile, hateful racist.

  • David Ashton

    This silly old Englishman thinks that the probability of rape should be prevented in prison or the sentence becomes a cruel if not that unusual punishment.

  • Tim

    I`m over 55 with no children. I do not see the point of showing up for prison at my age. I`d rather take my chances, take it on the run and see the world…

  • Titan000

    Sodomy in prison should be an executable offence. Especially rape.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    For 50 years, the New York Times was as disinterested in prison rape as it currently is in identifying the race of violent predators OUTSIDE prisons: That’s because prison rape traditionally consisted almost exclusively of large black male perpetrators, and smaller and younger white victims.

    Now, there are queers and transvestites to protect, and they are suddenly alarmed…

  • Seriously?!! This is the problem congress needs to fix? This problem is not a threat to the Constitution. This action is a sideshow that allows elected people to act as if they doing something, but they can’t even get that done. They’re Impotent Effs! Issa and Gowdy are two who actually risk their careers and act to get something consequential accomplished, but they are opposed and hindered by people like Boehner and McConnell.

  • Cid Campeador

    The best way to end prison rapes is to terminate the rapists. Why do we have to support these parasites while we’re support another group of them on the outside?

  • ElComadreja

    The attitudes displayed by many commenting here are precisely why whites get raped in prison. No other race throws their own under a bus so readily.

  • Many of the comments on this thread have been deplorable. We will reopen this thread shortly, at which time we will reopen it, and not expect or accept insane commentary about how white people in prison deserve to be raped, why prison rape is some sort of virtue, why there needs to be mass killings of people.

    • TrueNorthFree

      Amen brother, the moral high ground is a place of strength.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      It is an example of the type of people who post here, and those types of people are one reason why white countries are in the mess they are in.

      .

      • How this relates to the predicament of our civilization, one may speculate. But in the short term and in a more narrow focus, it has made us realize that we have been too shy with the delete button lately.

      • IstvanIN

        Most of us are reasonably civilized.

    • Snazzy Snook

      WOW !! I’ve been saying this for a long time .. Some comments that I’ve read over the time I’ve have come to AmRen really belong on the site chimpout (non existent any longer)..
      I always thought of Amren as being above that rhetoric..
      Anyway , thanks for the breath of fresh air, it was needed..

    • Snazzy Snook

      WOW !! I’ve been saying this for a long time .. Some comments that I’ve
      read over the time I’ve have come to AmRen really belong on sites
      chimpout (non existent any longer)..
      I always thought of Amren as being above that type of rhetoric..
      Anyway , thanks for the breath of fresh air, it was needed..

  • Irish

    Henry as a fan , and contributer to the site & Fondation , my only question is why all of my comments were deleted? All of which I thought were fairly well thought out, and thoughtful responses to the very totally absurd & disgusting views you found so offensive..Thanks, Patrick

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      The Mod said “many of the previous comments … were deplorable…” so everything was deleted.

      He didn’t say your comments were deplorable. Personally I didn’t think mine were deplorable. I don’t advocate rape for anyone. Torturing someone isn’t worth my time. I don’t get sexual satisfaction in seeing other suffer.

      • Correct. The good comments can be rewritten and resubmitted. What was a good point yesterday didn’t stop being a good point 24 hours later.

        • Irish

          And I certainly understand you’ve got quite a task of herding cats as it were..Second time this has happened to me. Both times I was taking to task a ridiculous (to my mind) & offense comment..I assume I’m simply getting collateral banishment because I’m responding to stupidity? ..Not trying to beat a dead horse, just wanna know for the future.

          • One bad apple does not ruin the whole carton. But sometimes, whole threads just need a home, they run off the tracks that badly.

          • Irish

            Understand, Thanks..

          • IstvanIN

            When I saw the list of my deleted comments, before reading the “closed to comments” post, I was appalled because all my comments where against prison rape. I thought, what, has Amren gone crazy, then I realized what was going on. I was also amazed at the number of replies I made to various “crass” commenters. The thread must have really gotten out of control.

      • Alexandra1973

        I first entered this thread a few seconds ago, I probably didn’t miss anything. 🙂

  • Veritas

    I think the statistics shown here indicate that prison rape has more to do with sexual orientation than it does with race, as the vast majority of victims were “non-heterosexual.” This failure to celebrate diversity in sexual orientation by our prison populations is a direct violation of the Leftist Handbook, and will therefore require decisive action by our government. If it was just a matter of whites being raped by blacks, they wouldn’t care.

    • IstvanIN

      Actually they do not care about Whites being raped by blacks now. Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the majority opinion declaring integrated prisons a civil right. Justice Thomas, in his dissension, specifically talked about Whites being the majority of victims.

      • Rob

        Ruth is a liability to whites

        • IstvanIN

          Liability? Hitler liked Jews better than she likes Whites. Mugabe likes Whites better for that matter.

          • Rob

            So you are saying she is worse than hitler and Mugabe?

          • IstvanIN

            Yup.

          • Rob

            Ok I agree with that.

  • Prison rape is fundamentally a race problem, not a transgender problem. So of course the media are in a full court press to make us not think of it as a race problem.

    Also, some have speculated that the left is using game theory: Black on white prison rape creates AB-style white prison gangs, and the left (SPLC, et al.) can raise a lot of money off of the existence of AB-style prison gangs.

    • Thank you. That is all I will say, at the risk of being moderated. Prison rape is primarily a race problem of White victimization, not a transgender problem, as was implied by the article. That was what I meant in my comments, but you said it better.

  • Okay, (cough), I am getting my Levi Pettit speech down. “I am sincerely sorry for the remarks that I made. I never considered myself a racist; I never even considered that a possibility..” (Okay, please, just kidding! A little levity.)

  • I’ve actually been to prison, and in Texas, but nobody ever hurt me. My worst complaint about it all was that I missed being home. There were some gays there, but they weren’t picked on; they got boyfriends who bought them goodies from the commissary. The typical pairing was a black shemale and a Mexican boyfriend.

    The only time I got screwed was in court, with the FBI lying under oath. I’m not trying to downplay this problem, but rape wasn’t going on where I was locked up (Ft. Worth). A few of us talked about it, and I said, “Maybe it happens in state prisons.” One of the guys replied “I’ve been to state prison, and never heard about it there.”

    Nobody picked on me at all. On the other hand, I was at a federal low. The facility itself had originally been built as a VA hospital. It was like living in college dorms. There was virtually no violence at all. The Mexicans would stab each other about once a year, but it was otherwise very peaceful.

    We had shot-callers, one black, one white and one Mexican. If one had a problem with another inmate, one went to the boss of the appropriate color and explained what was going on.

    It was depressing, but most of us tried to help each other out. I once overheard one of the guards remark “These aren’t really criminals; they’re just a bunch of guys waiting to go home.” When my friend Lawrence’s wife divorced him, he was in tears. My old girlfriend had written me to say she was marrying someone else, in the same week that my sentencing appeal was denied and my friend got divorce and home foreclosure papers. Sometimes that stuff happens all at once. It isn’t much fun, but I got some more books in the mail, and this cheered us both up.

    I am rather unflappable. He cried his eyes out. It was terribly pitiable, so I gave him a cigarette and we watched the July 4 fireworks display out the window.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      It happens a lot in County Jail.

      .

      • The only thing that ever happened to me in county jail was that I learned to play a truly evil game of chess.

        • Michael Robert Ryan

          Yeah, I was in and out of the county jails here years ago when I was younger. Worst thing that ever happened to me was that I got into a fistfight.

  • dd121

    I just can’t believe it happens as often as the media claim. Don’t the guards keep an eye on things?

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Voyeurs?

      Most guards got their job from affirmative action.

  • Irish

    If we as a nation declare the right to to take away someones freedom, it is surely our responsibility to ensure that persons safety within the prisons we’ve built

  • Snazzy Snook

    “Whites are more likely to be victims.”
    NO Really? You don’t say .. Hmmmm ..

  • My old college friends sent a lot of books, which cheered the unit up. I posted to Santa Cruz forum online via the simple expedient of writing longhand letters to them. I always headed these with “Bongo Bongo Bongo in the Concrete Congo!” They called me the first evening I was finally home.

  • Carney3

    The fastest way to make me lose interest in fighting prison rape is to make it a crusade on behalf of sissies and perverts.

    If you make it about men, ordinary men, subjected to wretched degradation and unbearable horror, then I’m still on board. Adding a pro-white element is a bonus, but I understand downplaying it if necessary to prevent unnecessary distraction.

  • LackawannaErie

    For those who say they don’t care about sissies, they are the only ones who will admit it and speak out. No straight guy is going to be the poster boy for prison rape. You will never see an article about prison rape that has anyone other than a gay victim named. Use your brain people.