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Violent, mentally ill inmates shown graphic violence and sex

Despite the consistent protests of at least one female guard, inmates at a maximum-security prison in Iowa have been allowed to view movies with graphic depictions of violent murder and sex.
The prison is home to mentally ill criminals including murderers and sex offenders and officials apparently feel they deserve an opportunity to watch movies like “Deranged,” which depicts a woman being violently raped and tortured.
A female correctional officer said she has been trying to end the practice – which she contends contributes to inmates’ aggression – since she began working at the facility a decade ago.
Inappropriate movies aired multiple times daily in a common room with as many as 45 convicts viewing, she said, adding inmates would often expose themselves and harass her during the films.
She claims her superiors reacted by denying her request and even blaming her for the prisoners’ actions.
The guard presented evidence of disciplinary action taken against her when she dared to turn off a movie containing scenes of sex and violence.
“If I had not lived through it myself, I wouldn’t believe this,” she said, explaining inmates threatened to kill her after administrators barred explicit movies in response to her continued complaints.
Though she was pelted with urine and sustained a barrage of insults, officials would not transfer her to a safer assignment until more than a year had passed, she added.
A former warden at the prison basically disregarded the guard’s concerns, declaring the facility is “an institution of adult males and much of what we show can be seen on general television broadcasts.”
It is outrageous to contend prisoners deserve to view anything readily available to the general population; furthermore, suggesting something is harmless merely based on the fact it is disseminated over public airwaves is incredibly naive.
While the vast majority might view graphic movies without being influenced, those who have already proven themselves to be violent and/or mentally ill should not be presumed to handle such material in the same manner – especially after being deprived of most outside stimuli.
How anyone can fault a female officer for feeling unsafe in that environment is beyond my understanding.
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  1. Jan Brown says:

    We’ve come a long way (or have we?) from the days where our family members with a ‘mental disorder’ were kept in a back upstairs bedroom, out of sight & never acknowledged outside the home. How exuberent & superior we felt once “it was out of the closet” & finaly recognized as a bona fide illness that could be treated! It was quite a relief for those ‘other’ families that were burdened. We still have trouble accepting that our own could be afflected, we have staffed the asylum with inmates that release many far from cured to roam the streets homeless, or..(snicker, snicker can’t resist)..get elected to Congress.. AND we have found a marvelous excuse to justify otherwise unacceptble behaviour. WOW what progress!!! We talk, talk & talk, but I strongly suggest that we cannot talk this issue to death…This article is an explanation point on the issue…while there is no single answer, I firmly believe that examples we are exposed to do have an influnce on the behavourial outcome. The information hiway need to run both ways & kept maintained.