Some women who give birth behind bars find new motivation to stay straight. Others continue to wrestle with drugs and the challenges of parenthood.
The commissioner of the state prison system responds to our investigation of sex abuse involving male staff and female inmates.
DOCS says that misunderstandings about pat-frisks might explain some of the sexual misconduct allegations its inmates have made against guards. Some evidence suggests, however, that the problems in New York’s female prisons are deeper than that.
Several New York State prisons ranked high in a recent federal survey of inmates reporting staff sexual abuse. A City Limits investigation finds that sexual misconduct in New York’s prisons eludes stereotypes—and, sometimes, detection.
New York State has four of the 11 prisons and jails found in a sample to have the highest rates of staff-inmate sexual misconduct.
Hepatitis and HIV are rampant in the state’s prisons. Rather than leaving the care of sick prisoners solely in the hands of corrections officials, a new law gives the Department of Health oversight, too.
Just because the drug trade and the law enforcement crusade against it aren’t as obvious as they were in the past doesn’t mean drugs and the war against them have disappeared from New York.