An estimated 60,500 inmates, 4.5 percent of the state and federal prison population, experienced one or more incidents of sexual victimization involving other inmates or staff in the last year, says a new survey issued by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. About 2.1 percent of inmates reported an incident involving another inmate and 2.9 percent reported an incident involving staff.
Among the 146 prison facilities surveyed, six had no reports of sexual victimization from the sampled inmates; 10 had an overall victimization rate of at least 9.3 percent. Five of the 10 prisons with the highest rate were in Texas: the Estelle Unit, with an estimated 15.7 percent, and the Clements Unit, with 13.9 percent. Other states with institutions in the top 10 were California, Florida, Indiana, Nebraska, and New York. The survey of 23,398 inmates was taken as required by the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act. A report will be issued next year on sexual victimization of jail inmates.