Female Prisoners Face Retaliation For Sexual Abuse At The Federal Correctional Institution Dublin

pexels-sora-shimazaki-5668481DUBLIN, CALIFORNIA (February 25, 2024) – A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of women who claim that they were sexually assaulted at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin.

Alameda County officials are saying that the lawsuit comes after eight former FCI Dublin officials have been charged with sexual abuse. Those officials have pleaded guilty to sexually abusing at least 20 incarcerated women.

The lawsuit states that the female defendants have gone through numerous forms of mistreatment, including: “rape and sexual assault; manipulation and sexual coercion, including officers entering into relationships with incarcerated individuals and officers forcing incarcerated individuals to undress in order to be released from cells or in exchange for goods; degrading sexual comments; voyeurism and sharing explicit photos; drugging, groping and other forms of abuse during medical exams; and targeted abuse towards immigrants under threat of deportation.”

County officials have promised to take measures to make this jail safer. However, women at FCI Dublin are still saying that they face retaliation for speaking up against abuse.

Some women have said that they’ve been placed in solitary confinement for speaking out and testifying in court.


Liability For Inmate Sexual Abuse At
 The Federal Correctional Institution Dublin

Sexual abuse remains alarmingly common across the United States. According to Reason, “BJS released detailed data this week on more than 2,500 substantiated incidents of sexual assault in U.S. prisons and jails between 2016 and 2018. The data starkly show how federal, state, and local officials have ignored their constitutional duty to protect incarcerated people from sexual assault, despite federal laws intended to create zero-tolerance policies for prison rape.” Jails should take a number of steps to prevent inmate sexual abuse.

  • All jail staff should undergo a thorough background check.
  • Jails should investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • Jails should set clear guidelines designed to safeguard inmates. These should prevent corrections officers from being isolated with inmates.

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail could be liable for the sexual abuse of an inmate. If jail officials knew (or should have known) that a corrections officer was abusing inmates and failed to act, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Sadly, though, jail officials will often turn a blind eye to abuse that is going on in their ranks. There are several steps that should be taken after any instance of sexual abuse at a prison.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • A police report should be created.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • A civil rights attorney should be contacted.

It is illegal for any corrections officer to have a sexual relationship with an inmate. It does not matter whether the relationship was consensual. There is a power imbalance that makes these types of relationships inherently coercive. Any person who is sexually abused by law enforcement while in prison may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

 

Investigating Sexual Abuse At The Federal Correctional Institution Dublin

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the women impacted by sexual abuse at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin. It is deeply disturbing that eight corrections officers have been convicted of sexual abuse. State officials need to do their part and take measures to prevent this from happening again.

Have you or someone that you care about been the victim of sexual abuse at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin? You may have legal recourse. Our team of sexual abuse attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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