President Obama: Prison rape is no jokeI didn't know until right now that there was a law passed about prison rape in 2003 (from the same Yahoo article):
July 15, 2015
President Obama is calling for sweeping reforms to fix a criminal justice system he says is “skewed by race and wealth” and plagued with problems in its prisons. Among them: overcrowding, gang activity and rape.“We should not tolerate conditions in prison that have no place in any civilized country,” Obama said in a speech at the NAACP National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. “We should not be tolerating overcrowding in prison. We should not be tolerating gang activity in prison.“We should not be tolerating rape in prison, and we shouldn’t be making jokes about it in our popular culture,” Obama added. “That is no joke. These things are unacceptable.”
In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, calling for the creation of a national commission to study the causes and consequences of sexual abuse in correctional and detention facilities nationwide. In 2009, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission released a report detailing widespread sexual abuse in federal prisons, where an estimated 60,000 prisoners annually are victims.
In 2012, the Department of Justice adopted national standards — including better screening of inmates and staffers, training and education — to “prevent, detect and respond to prison rape.”