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Marion County Jail Named Worst In US For Sexual Misconduct

Nearly 8 percent of inmates at the Marion County Jail reported being sexually abused by a jail staff member, according to a Department of Justice report.

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Photo: City of Indianapolis

Police cars sit in front of the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis.

A new report from the U.S. Justice Department cites the Marion County Jail as the worst in the country when it comes to staff sexual misconduct.

The report published this week lists the Marion County Jail as one of seven in the country with staff sexual misconduct rates above 6 percent. The Indianapolis facility had the highest percentage with 7.7 percent of inmates surveyed reporting being sexually abused by a jail staff member.

But the numbers are being criticized.

“The report is absolutely false, totally false, and the Department of Justice should be ashamed to publish it,” says Kevin Murray, council for the Marion County Sheriff.

The information was compiled between 2011 and 2012, but Murray says the jail has no record of any incidents reported during that time.

“This jail is a jail that is accredited,” he says. “It is visited by the ACA inspectors. It’s visited by the state jail inspectors. It’s visited by the federal jail inspectors and no one has offered any suggestion that’s telegraphed in this report. It’s a complete blindside to us.”

Report author Allen Beck says he sticks by the information and says the study is designed to unveil details administrators may not know about.

“They are things that inmates may only provide detail on if given assurances of confidentiality, so it’s not surprising that jail administrators in Marion County don’t know,” Beck says.

The rankings will be given to Congress and Beck says those with poor marks can be called to testify in front of a prison rape review panel.

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