The United States Is A Singularly Cruel, Vengeful Nation. Solitary Confinement For Kids
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Michigan Court Says Juveniles Can Be Raped And Abused In Prison
Seems crazy? Well, welcome to Michigan.
In yet another example of America's disturbing incarceration traditions, Michigan imprisoned a number of 17-year-old juveniles with adults, and prison guards and other staff did a terrible job of providing these children sufficient monitoring and protection. These kids were raped and abused by other inmates and even sexually assaulted by guards.
Here's just one tragic story, told to the Detroit News, from one of the 11 plaintiffs who filed suit:
Normally, at least one guard was stationed outside Kinross Correctional Facility's shower area, no more than 20 feet away. But he said no one came to help, and the rape of the 17-year-old continued. "He stopped on his own there after about ... I'd say a minute-and-a-half to two minutes. He stopped. He left. I stayed in the shower as long as I could. I was actually bleeding ..."I pretty much just sat in the shower, crying. I never expected it to happen to me.The plaintiffs claim that Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Corrections, and 15 wardens from Michigan prisons "violated their civil rights— essentially failing to protect an at-risk segment of the prison population and demonstrating 'deliberate indifference to their safety.'" According to the Detroit News:
"The lawsuits describe alleged incidents in which teens were forced into sex acts by adult prisoners through physical violence or the threat of it. In some cases, corrections facility employees are accused of sexual harassment, allowing assaults to happen or ignoring requests for help from teen inmates."This week the court made a shocking decision, as you can read below.