WASHINGTON (AP) — Sexual assaults and other illicit incidents of sexual contact are reported at juvenile prisons at 10 times the rate than at adult lockups, a government study finds.
The research found 10 reported incidents for every 2,000 youths at state-run juvenile facilities. At state-run adult prisons, it was one reported incident for every 2,000 inmates, according to the study by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics released Sunday.
The numbers are based on substantiated reports to corrections officials in 2004.
Better reporting is one factor contributing to the higher rate at the juvenile corrections centers, said study co-author Allen J. Beck. State laws require staff to report sex allegations involving minors, he said.
Beck, the bureau's chief of corrections statistics, said the study did not make a distinction between consensual and nonconsensual sexual contact. For people under age 18, any sexual contact is considered illegal, he said.