Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Any Sexual Abuse by Guards May Violate Inmates’ Rights, Court Says

Any malicious sexual contact by prison guards against inmates may amount to a constitutional violation, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday, noting how standards of decency have changed in the past two decades.
“Sexual abuse of prisoners, once passively accepted by society, deeply offends today’s standards of decency,” said Judge John M. Walker Jr., writing in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The decision allows a lawsuit filed by two former prisoners of a state prison in Napanoch, N.Y., to proceed, and reverses an earlier ruling by a district court judge, who dismissed the case because he said the men had failed to state a complaint properly.

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