It is part of cultural lore that if you go to prison you will be raped. Literature, television and movies have reinforced this belief and a Department of Justice study released last year found that about four percent of inmates were raped during a 12 month period. That’s nearly 62-thousand sexual assaults just in the prison system.
Rape is most prevalent in large institutions though small jails and holding facilities are not immune. There are new Federal laws in place to reduce sexual assaults in prison. And, the Pitkin County jail is now working on a set of policies and procedures that will serve as a model for rural jails across Colorado. APR’s Roger Adams explains.