Feds target prison rape

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48647-2003Jul25.html

Rapes in the American prison system, for decades considered a sordid fact of life, will be analyzed and targeted for prevention under a new government program that marks a sea change in the awareness of sexual assaults by and against incarcerated men and women, the Washington Post reports.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, which drew bipartisan support and was passed unanimously by Congress yesterday, establishes a system of grants and reforms that will cost $60 million a year. The centerpiece is an annual survey by the U.S. Department of Justice that will be the most sweeping study ever made of sexual assault in prisons, congressional sponsors and criminal justice experts said.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48647-2003Jul25.html

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