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    Inmate suing prison system over sex slavery

    AUSTIN -- Texas' official investigation of a convict's allegations of sexual slavery and torture was a whitewash to cover up the prison system's refusal to stop the abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union charges.

    Margaret Winter, Washington-based associate director for the ACLU's National Prison Project, which is representing Roderick Johnson in his lawsuit against Texas prison officials, challenged the recently released findings of an internal inquiry by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as flawed and erroneous.

    Because of that report, she said, a Wichita Falls grand jury recently refused to indict anyone in the attacks against Johnson.

    "TDCJ conducted a sham investigation in order to divert attention away from its own culpability," said Winter, Johnson's attorney. "The claim that Roderick Johnson was engaging in consensual relationships with violent predators who were coercing him is ludicrous and is contradicted by the evidence showing his repeated appeals to prison officials and staff" for protection.

    "Gangs control life in the Allred Unit. As a gay man, Mr. Johnson's only hope of surviving his incarceration was to submit to sexual slavery."

    In his lawsuit, Johnson alleges that he was raped and brutalized by prison gangs over 18 months and that his pleas for help to prison officials were derisively rejected. Johnson, whose case has made headlines around the world and drawn national attention to the prison-rape issue, recently was paroled and is living in Austin.

    Asked for a response to the ACLU's charges, Mike Viesca, the prison agency's Austin spokesman, said: "The office of the inspector general, the investigative law enforcement branch of TDCJ that reports to the Board of Criminal Justice, conducted an investigation and provided its findings to the grand jury."

    Earlier this month, after reviewing sexual assault allegations against 49 convicts, the grand jury declined to issue any indictments. Prison officials said the grand jury's decision not to act proved Johnson's claims were without merit, and they made public details of their internal investigation alleging that Johnson was a willing participant in the sex acts.

    However, Winter said that Johnson's filing of numerous grievances refutes the officials' claims. She noted that prison officials did not interview a single suspect until long after Johnson was moved from the Allred Unit near Iowa Park, where he said the attacks occurred.

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory...olitan/2424154

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    Inmate suing prison system over sex slavery

    "The inmates at the Allred Unit, a tough Texas prison, mostly go by names like Monster, Diablo and Animal. They gave Roderick Johnson, a black gay man with a gentle manner, a different sort of name when he arrived there in September 2000. They called him Coco...

    According to court papers and his own detailed account, the Gangster Disciples and then other gangs treated Mr. Johnson as a sex slave. They bought and sold him, and they rented him out. Some sex acts cost $5, others $10.

    Last month, a federal appeals court allowed a civil rights lawsuit that Mr. Johnson has filed against prison officials to go to trial. The ruling, the first to acknowledge the equal protection rights of homosexuals abused in prison, said the evidence in the case was 'horrific.'

    'I was forced into oral sex and anal sex on a daily basis,' said Mr. Johnson, who has been living in a boarding house here since his release in December. 'Not for a month or two. For, like, 18 months.'"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    "The inmates at the Allred Unit, a tough Texas prison, mostly go by names like Monster, Diablo and Animal. They gave Roderick Johnson, a black gay man with a gentle manner, a different sort of name when he arrived there in September 2000. They called him Coco...

    According to court papers and his own detailed account, the Gangster Disciples and then other gangs treated Mr. Johnson as a sex slave. They bought and sold him, and they rented him out. Some sex acts cost $5, others $10.

    Last month, a federal appeals court allowed a civil rights lawsuit that Mr. Johnson has filed against prison officials to go to trial. The ruling, the first to acknowledge the equal protection rights of homosexuals abused in prison, said the evidence in the case was 'horrific.'

    'I was forced into oral sex and anal sex on a daily basis,' said Mr. Johnson, who has been living in a boarding house here since his release in December. 'Not for a month or two. For, like, 18 months.'"

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    Do you think we can get SP into this prison
    Sounds perfect for him

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean
    Do you think we can get SP into this prison
    Sounds perfect for him
    Nah.. he would enjoy the fringe benefits too much..

    all he ever wanted was to be the centre of attention and have nonstop sex... this place is too perfect for him.

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    Texas reportedly #1 in prison rape

    DALLAS - Sexual assaults in state prisons are up sharply, with hundreds of inmates reporting that they were attacked by cellmates or corrections officers.

    The number of reported sexual assaults in Texas prisons has increased 160 percent, to 609 in 2004 from 234 in 2000, according to state records.

    At least 129 Texas prisoners have alleged that they were raped or had sexual contact with corrections officers since 2000, the records show. Claims of inmate-on-inmate rape was even more frequent.

    State officials said the increase in reported assaults resulted from their vigilance in punishing offenders.

    However, inmate advocates said the problem is greater than the state figures show. They have begun a nationwide legal campaign against assaults and the complacency that they say allows them to flourish.

    "I really have become convinced over the last three years or so that Texas is the prison-rape capital of the country," said Margaret Winter, a lawyer who represents two inmates who sued the prison system. "When prisoners report it, they are ignored, laughed at and often punished."

    Former Texas inmate Roderick Johnson, who said prison officials did nothing as gangs bought and sold him as a sex slave, is suing seven administrators and staff members from the Allred Unit in Iowa Park, near Wichita Falls. Set for trial in July, the case involves whether prison officials violated the inmate's Eighth Amendment protection from cruel and unusual punishment.


    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory...olitan/3006309