Prison is meant for punishment, but somehow I don't think this is what judges have in mind.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating a complaint filed that alleges Tutwiler Prison for Women has had numerous sexual assaults and rapes from 2004-2011.
Inmates who complained to the warden were punished for doing so. Meanwhile, the guards routinely took advantage of their power over the inmates, including going into the shower room. Several of the women became pregnant, but thus far only one guard has been punished. He fathered a baby with an inmate and served six months in jail for rape. The usual sentence for the crime is 50 years.
On one hand, I'm sure many people will say these women committed a crime so they have no rights left to protect. On the other hand, however, this is gross misconduct and abuse of power. These events seem more like something that would happen in 1962 not 2012. Apparently we still live in a society where men can take advantage of women and we turn a blind eye and look the other way.
And why did no one care before this? Because these women are criminals. They also are no doubt poor and from disadvantaged groups. In essence, they are the people in society no one cares about.
What do you think? Should prison guards be able to do whatever they please?