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States Told Funding at Risk Without Cuts in Prison Rape

The U.S. Justice Department warned governors today that their states may lose some federal funding if they don’t take steps to detect and reduce sexual assaults of inmates in prisons and jails.

“We believe that sexual abuse is a crime, and should not be the punishment for a crime,” Karol V. Mason, assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, wrote in a letter to the governors.