report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics
(BJS) indicates that the Clallam County Jail in Port Angeles
had the third highest rate of sexual assaults against inmates amongst all jails surveyed throughout the U.S. Clallam County disputes the report
, and has asked the FBI to investigate; BJS has countered its objections
This recent controversy casts a light on an important national issue that until recently, aside from the occasional crude joke, has been shrouded in silence. Sexual assault is a serious, pervasive problem in America's prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities, including in Washington.
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