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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Tougher Prison-Sex Penalties Recommended

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prosecutors often decline to pursue cases against federal prison guards and other employees who have sex with inmates, and when there are convictions the punishment often is light, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said Monday.

It is illegal for a federal prison employee to have sex with an inmate, even if it's consensual. But fewer than the half the 163 such cases substantiated by investigators and turned over to federal prosecutors resulted in criminal cases against prison employees in the five years that ended in September, Justice Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said.


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