“Night of Terror”
US prison guards are said to have given prisoners access to women’s chambers for money
A warden in an American prison is said to have sold the keys of male prisoners to the women’s chambers. It is being told to be rape. A well-known sheriff is also named in the indictment.
In the US state of Indiana, prison inmates have filed a lawsuit against a guard who allegedly gave male prisoners access to their cells. According to the complaint, the women were sexually assaulted and two of them were raped. The prison guard is said to have given male inmates the keys to the women’s room for $1,000.
“Although there were several male prisoners involved and several dozen victims, not a single warden came to the aid of the women,” says the lawsuit, which describes a “scary night.” Male prisoners were free to roam the Jeffersonville Detention Center for several hours. He groped women, took off their clothes and made derogatory remarks. According to the American website “Law and Crime”, the crime took place in October last year.
the sheriff shouldn’t have stopped the acts
In the end, the women prisoners were punished by confiscating personal belongings by turning on the lights for 72 hours. The accused jailer said in an interview to the Washington Post that the men stole the keys. He came to know about it only a few days later. He has since been released according to “Law and Crime”.
One of the plaintiffs’ attorneys told the site that a woman became pregnant as a result of the rape. However, she later miscarried. Another victim suffered serious mental health problems.
The trial is also directed against the responsible sheriff, who did not prevent the crime. According to the New York Times, his attorney issued a statement describing the events as “unforeseen criminal acts of a rogue corrections officer.”
Jail known from reality show
Prosecutors allege that the sheriff failed to properly staff the prison, properly train the staff, and oversee the prison. “These systemic loopholes allowed many of the male attackers to roam freely within the prison for several hours, leading to a night of horror for plaintiffs and other victims,” the filing reads.
According to a report by local broadcaster WBIW, the accused sheriff was named “Sheriff of the Year” in 2021. The affected prison is also part of a reality TV show called 60 Days In, in which volunteers are being held secretly as prisoners for 60 days.