Punishing the Victim, Once Again

(Thanks to Rick Jackson for this story)
In response to the dismissal of 30 correctional officers for sexual abuse at CIW, Warden Susan Poole proceeded to retaliate against the prisoners by atempting to confiscate most of their personal property and forcing them to dress in drab gray uniforms so as to make them less “sexually provocative” to male staff. After receiving dozens of outraged letters from women inmates, Senator Polanco wrote Poole challenging the new regulations. Since then, most of the new rules have been withdrawn. We applaud the women for their courage in refusing to be punished for the staff’s abuse and thank Senator Polanco for stepping in on the side of the prisoners.