The Female Population Of Prison Inmates Essay

1085 Words Sep 27th, 2015 5 Pages
There has been a growing increase in the female population of prison inmates. Harrison and Beck (2006) explain that from the year 2004 to 2005, there was a 2.6% increase in the female inmate population, which is more than the 1.9% increase for males (Blackburn, Mullings, & Marquart 2008). This composition change in itself is a question to ponder, however, this also brings up the topic of sexual abuse. It seems as if any time that women are present in a situation this becomes a possibility of occurrence, even in prisons where there are policies to make sure that it does not happen. Serious infractions occur, such as those where officers and inmates have a persisting sexual relationship, and less serious infractions occur, such as those instances where officers and inmates may be exchanging gifts (Worley, Marquart, & Mullings 2003). It is possible that the total institution of prison allows these actions to take place. There are a few possibilities as to why this behavior occurs in prison, such as the fact that prisons are no longer sex segregated and the prison sexual culture, but there are laws such as the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) which are attempting to combat this, though it seems unsuccessfully. Worley et al. (2003) explain that prisons are no longer sex segregated, and therefore, female security officers work in male penitentiaries (p. 103). This allows for the sexes to come together, and for more inappropriate relationships to occur. These relationships can…

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