Arizona Juvenile Facilities Report High Sex Activity With Staff; State Above Average for Incidents in National Survey
|Arizona State Government|
|Adam Henning, principal at Adobe Mountain School|
Arizona's incarcerated juveniles are having sex with staff members at one of the highest rates in the country, according to a survey published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
In a survey of thousands of kids held in juvie halls across the United States, 10.3 percent reported some kind of sexual victimization by staff members. Another 2.6 percent reported being victimized by another youth. While no Arizona facility made the DOJ's list of the 13 worst offenders, the state's three juvenile prisons came shamefully close. In just about every category of offenses, the percentages of victimization in the state's three facilities were above average.
Nationally, the most frequent kind of sexual victimization involved a female staff member and male youth.More »