Tens of thousands of people have been sexually abused in US prisons as the administration of President Barack Obama failed to monitor the jails over the past three years.
The Washington Post
reported that the US Justice Department was charged with implementing regulations to reduce the sexual violence behind bars.
The administration had, by law, until June 2010, to complete the task.
Congress unanimously approved the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003. The act created a commission that spent six years studying sexual abuse in correctional facilities and crafting thoughtful proposals to decrease such violence.
The panel issued recommendations in the summer of 2009; the Obama administration had a year to craft regulations.
However, the Justice Department waited while a private consulting firm analyzed the costs of implementing changes, and it blamed the bureaucratic process for delays, according to the report.
The department did not move with all deliberate speed to protect those in government custody from a form of brutality that leaves psychological scars that can hamper a person’s reintegration into society.
Swift and sure action would have been the appropriate response if the Obama administration had been serious about refuting the vile assumption that sexual abuse is an acceptable byproduct of incarceration, the report said.