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Thu May 30, 2013, 11:36 PM

The Story of One Prison Rape, In an Inmate's Own Words

(Trigger warning)

Today, the ACLU announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, a private prison in Meridian, Mississippi. The suit alleges that EMCF is "hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous." One example of the jail's dangers: this handwritten letter from an inmate describing his own rape.

According to the new lawsuit, the EMCF— a prison that holds "hundreds of mentally ill prisoners"— is rat-infested, poorly managed, hazardous to life and limb, and rife with inhumane conditions. Lights and toilets are broken; suicide attempts are "frequent"; medical care is poor; official supervision is lax. The lawsuit alleges that the staff "sadistically brutalizes" prisoners, and are "deliberately indifferent" to acts of violence against inmates.

That includes acts of sexual assault. The specter of prison rape is frequently raised as a risk of incarceration, but rarely talked about directly. This letter is one inmate's story, in his own words. The letter was sent from an EMCF inmate to the ACLU last year. Also included

are excerpts from an investigative report from the Lauderdale County Sheriff's office, as well as an EMCF internal investigative report with more horrific details of the prisoner's ordeal at the hands of knife-wielding, cocaine-sniffing gang rapists. That report finds that the allegations of rape are substantiated by video and physical evidence. The letter, in other words, is true. Names in the letter and reports have been redacted at the ACLU's request.


http://gawker.com/the-story-of-one-prison-rape-in-an-inmates-own-words-510475353


The letter is heartbreaking, this is the second page;





No rape culture? Right. There are a few folk who might want to rethink that opinion.

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ismnotwasm May 2013 OP
BlueJazz May 2013 #1
redqueen May 2013 #6
FreakinDJ May 2013 #2
ismnotwasm May 2013 #3
nomorenomore08 May 2013 #4
ismnotwasm May 2013 #5
redqueen May 2013 #7

Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2013, 11:50 PM

1. "Shoplifting, which got me in prison" WTF !!!

 

Words fail me...

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #1)

Fri May 31, 2013, 02:42 PM

6. Ten years. Ten fucking years.

I wonder what the $$$ value of his crimes was.

Our 'justice' system is a crime in itself.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2013, 12:09 AM

2. 25% of men are raped in prison

 

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Response to FreakinDJ (Reply #2)

Fri May 31, 2013, 12:26 AM

3. My SIL works in the prison industry

He says its every bit as bad as you'd expect. In some prison's, inmates have a way of knowing when a juvenile tried as an adult is headed their way. By the time the kid gets to an adult prison, he's already "owned".

It's disgusting and vile, and it's hard to get people to pay attention to the problem. Or they'll say asinine things like they 'deserved' it. Or make jokes about it.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #3)

Fri May 31, 2013, 03:35 AM

4. In a way, people mocking and minimizing this shit is almost the worst part.

After a certain point it has me damn near ready to write off the entire human race.

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #4)

Fri May 31, 2013, 08:58 AM

5. I don't get it either

Far Worse than a 'Lord of the Flies' situation, and people make drop the soap jokes.

I watched a disturbing film called 'Short Eyes' one time--about a pedophile who was tortured raped and murdered in prison, it depicted what that might really look like, and what it did to the humanity of all involved.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2013, 02:46 PM

7. I'm so glad he is speaking out.

This shit has to stop being treated like a joke, condoned, tolerated, and even encouraged.

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