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GUESS WHICH STATE doesn’t give a shit about prison rape?

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APRIL 2 2014 11:37 AM

Rick Perry Won’t Comply With Federal Regulations to Reduce Prison Rape

 
By Amanda Marcotte
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Rick Perry thinks that keeping 17-year-olds with adults in prison is a priority over reducing prison sexual assault.

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Gov. Rick Perry of Texas seems determined to leave behind a legacy of turning Texas into as much of a hellscape as he can before leaving office. His latest move is to send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, signaling Texas’ unwillingness to comply with federal regulations issued by the Department of Justice to reduce rape in prison. The regulations were created under the authority of the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act, but due to information gaps and political struggles, it’s taken an entire decade to actually create and enforce the regulations.

Despite the fact that it took 10 years to get here, Perry uses his letter to characterize the regulations as a bunch of ignorant nonsense the DOJ pulled out of thin air, writing, “The rules appear to have been created in a vacuum with little regard for input from those who daily operate state prisons and local jails.” As ThinkProgress reports, Perry’s characterization is simply untrue, as the head of Texas corrections, Brad Livingston, praised the process of drafting regulations back in 2010 with a letter to the DOJ stating, “[I]t is apparent the Department of Justice gave careful consideration to the comments submitted by many interested parties during 2010, the [Texas Department of Criminal Justice] has few issues relating to the proposed national standards.”

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