01 April 2008

Ed Morrissey On Prison Rape

Captain Ed has a great post over at Hot Air.  Prison rape is certainly a cliché that has been a source of humor for too long.  Read the post and the comments, especially bikermailman who captures my opinion perfectly.

I’m a big law and order guy, but I also believe that laws mean something. I also believe that once someone is under the control of the state, the state has an obligation to protect the rights of its wards. Kudos on you Ed, for posting this and your attitude.

Ed's post is long-overdue in the blogosphere and should be considered "pro-law & order", not "pro-cater to prisoners".  Nobody with a felony conviction has ever been sentenced to homosexual rape... it's not an acceptable part of the punishment.

The people we put in prison have earned their way into confinement, but we have a responsibility to protect them from sexual brutality once they get there. They become wards of the community, and widespread rapes happening with our full knowledge and tacit approval makes us complicit in the abuses. Bill Lockyer’s comments showed that tacit approval, coming from the highest law-enforcement official in California. What kind of message does that send to the rapists in prison, other than they’re performing part of the duties of the state in inflicting punishment?

Well said sir.

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