By Ilan H. Meyer, Ph. In a analysis of data from the National Inmate Survey—a nationally representative survey of adult inmates in jails and prisons conducted by the U. This percentage includes 3. Among men in prisons, 9.
The grim truth of being gay in prison
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I n , when Calvin Burdine was awaiting sentencing for allegedly stabbing his gay lover to death, the prosecuting attorney encouraged the jury in his closing remarks to award Burdine the death penalty, rather than life in prison, on the grounds that sending a gay man to prison was akin to sending a kid to a candy store. After 17 minutes of deliberation, the jury obliged and sentenced Burdine to die. His death sentence was later overturned mostly because Burdine's public defender had slept through much of his trial , but the homophobic thinking — that prison is some kind of paradise for gay men — lingers on. The reality of life in prison for homosexuals and transgender individuals does not appear to reflect this myth. One young man named Rodney, imprisoned for fraud and check-forging, sent me a detailed account of his life so far in prison. He described a litany of brutal rapes, assaults, beatings and, eventually, the total abandonment of his male identity as his only means of survival in the hyper-masculine and often homophobic prison environment.
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Sex in prison: Experiences of former prisoners is the fifth and final briefing paper published by the Commission, which was established by the Howard League for Penal Reform and includes eminent academics, former prison governors and health experts. The Commission sought permission to interview current prisoners about their experiences of sex in prison, but this approach was blocked by the Ministry of Justice. However, Dr Alisa Stevens, Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Southampton, was able to interview 26 former prisoners during the summer of — 24 men and two women. The former prisoners interviewed by Dr Stevens had been jailed for a wide range of offences.
Her jail experience has been a breeze compared to what she witnessed while working as a prison guard. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, corrections officers are expected to enforce rules, supervise, aid in rehabilitation and counseling and so forth. Officer King adds to the list: "Monitor feeding, recreation and additional activities offered, generate reports as needed, and conduct hourly security rounds. The job description is straightforward, almost cut and dry, but it does not come with the warning label most expect it to. Although, when I went through training, I was only required to finish training and shoot.