July 24, 2014
A new study says inmates in Nevada report higher incidents of sexual victimization by other inmates and prison staff than the national average.
The survey conducted by the National Bureau of Justice Statistics said nearly 8 percent of inmates at a women's prison and about 6 percent at a men's prison reported being sexually abused or forced to have sex.
A spokesman for the Nevada Department of Corrections says the agency is aware of Nevada's top-20 ranking for inmate sexual victimization and will take legal action against anyone involved in misconduct.
The study involved responses from 230 inmates at Florence McClure Women's Correction Center and 268 inmates at Southern Desert Correctional Center.