Prison staff who sexually assault inmates should face harsher sentences, DOJ says

Prison Staff Who Sexually Assault Inmates Should Face Harsher Sentences, Doj Says - Fzlfy3J2Ni4Fepcsx4Zns2Towy
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The Justice Department has ordered its Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to take “immediate actions” against the problem of federal employees who sexually abuse inmates.

A forceful Nov. 2 memo from Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco says she and BOP Director Colette Peters “embrace” recommendations from a working group of senior department officials. Monaco formed it because of her “grave concerns about instances of sexual misconduct involving employees.”

Recommendations included stronger punishments for prison officials guilty of misconduct and possibly lighter sentences for inmate victims.

The group’s expedited 32-page report, released with the memo, included more than 50 recommendations meant to “better protect” inmates, Monaco said, and “better hold accountable those who abuse positions of trust, including by enhancing prevention, reporting, investigations, prosecutions, and employee discipline.”

Monaco’s language in the memo to a broad…

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