Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Sexual Assaults on Female Inmates Went Unheeded

Attorney Deborah LaBelle represented women prisoners who filed a lawsuit against Michigan's Department of Corrections claiming that sex abuse by male guards was ignored. (Photo: Regina H. Boone / Detroit Free Press)
Jeff Seidel, The Detroit Free Press: "For years, rights groups warned that male guards were sexually assaulting female inmates in Michigan prisons. For years, those warnings went unheeded. Now, state taxpayers may pay a price too. More than 500 women are suing. They stand to collect $50 million so far, with more trials to come. This is their story."

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