- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2014

In Utah, a female inmate who won a $1.4 million civil lawsuit and a criminal conviction against a corrections officer who raped her was found dead in her cell back in 2012, raising concerns about retaliation.

These types of stories will stop with better leadership in the corrections industry, public officials who don’t tolerate abuses, increased community outrage, and successful litigation on the behalf of victims, Ms. Fellner said.

“Prisons that are badly run have a higher prevalence of sexual abuse,” she said. “Forceful, committed management, that has put in place effective policies that do not tolerate sexual conduct by staff will see fewer cases, period. Sexual abuse flourishes when there’s bad management.”

Mr. Daley sees change on the horizon. It wasn’t until last year that the Department of Justice accepted and implemented some of the recommendations and regulations the National Rape Elimination Commission suggested in 2009.

“We really are now at a place where the meat of the law is being implemented in facilities around the nation,” he said. “We don’t yet know how effectively these regulations are being implemented, but we do know that they’re the best tool we have to end sexual abuse.”