Problem of Sexual Assault in U.S. Prisons
... OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN U.S. PRISONS
The U.S has the dubious distinction of having the highest incarceration rate in the world. Its prison population was 1,078,542 in 1995, which rose to 1,316,333 in 2000,1 2,100,146 in 2001,2 and 2,261,876 in 2004. 3 In 2005, the number of people incarcerated was 2,320,359. African-Americans and Hispanics comprised 60% or 1,392,215 of the incarcerated population; among every 10,000 incarcerated inmates, 3,145 were African-American, 1,244 were Hispanics and 471 were whites, thus making the number of African-Americans and Hispanics 6.6 times and 2.4 times more than whites respectively. Of the incarcerated inmates in 2005, 30% of the total female prisone...