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January 9, 2013


DAVID C. writes:

A female correctional officer working in a maximum security state person that houses mentally ill sex offenders and murderers has filed a sexual harrassment suit because the inmates are allowed to watch sexually explicit movies, some of them graphic and violent, and because the prison’s administration did not, until recently, respond to her request that the inmates stop watching such films.
It seems obvious that men who have been convicted of rape and murder and who are considered mentally ill should not be watching a movie like Deranged (the article explains what’s in the movie).
The officer further alleges that these movies encouraged the inmates to sexually harass her. While this may be true, and certainly harassment and other inappropriate behaviors should not be tolerated, I find myself wondering: did she expect that men who have been imprisoned for deviant, indeed criminal, sexual behavior would not sooner or later harass her, whether or not they were watching pornography? Did she think she’d never catch them in vulgar acts? Exactly what sort of environment did she expect this would be?


— Comments —-

Terry Morris writes:

I am acquainted with a female prison guard who works at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. She is a single-Mom with two young elementary aged boys by two different fathers. I know her to be of very low character otherwise. When I learned of her employment with the State Prison system a little over a year ago I remarked to my wife that she is “a statistic waiting to happen.” Meaning that she will eventually find herself in a lot of trouble if she remains in the job for very long, either with the inmates themselves, or with the prison system through disciplinary action taken upon her for somekind of sexual misconduct, with inmates or fellow prison guards. Her aunt, who my wife and I are friendly with, told us that she was taught in training to respond to male inmates who harass her with “Shut the f_ck up inmate!,” and that this style of approaching them was “right up her alley.” Quite so.

Laura writes:

The issue of female prison guards has been discussed here, here, and here. The latter post from Jan. 30, 2011 reads:

A PETITE, 34-year-old blonde who worked as a corrections officer at a Washington State prison was murdered on Saturday while she was on guard alone in the chapel, according to The Seattle Times. The Monroe Correctional Complex houses 2,400 men. Jayme Biendl, who was named officer of the year at the prison in 2008, was 5 feet three inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. She was unarmed when she was strangled by a 200-pound rapist sentenced to life without parole. He had once doused a woman with gasoline and set her on fire.

Guards at the prison do not carry any weapons, not even pepper spray or batons. Scott Frakes, the prison superintendent, told the Seattle newspaper that women guards are seen as “equal and just as valuable” as men.

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