By FOX BUTTERFIELD
Published: May 8, 2004
Physical and sexual abuse of prisoners, similar to what has been
uncovered in Iraq, takes place in American prisons with little public
knowledge or concern, according to corrections officials, inmates and
human rights advocates.
In Pennsylvania and some other states, inmates are routinely stripped
in front of other inmates before being moved to a new prison or a new
unit within their prison. In Arizona, male inmates at the Maricopa
County jail in Phoenix are made to wear women's pink underwear as a
form of humiliation.
At Virginia's Wallens Ridge maximum security prison, new inmates have
reported being forced to wear black hoods, in theory to keep them
from spitting on guards, and said they were often beaten and cursed
at by guards and made to crawl.