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Alleged sexual abuse at women’s prison in Newport, AR.

Jun 12, 2015 | by Jean Thrash

Justice Department launches investigation into alleged sexual abuse at women’s prison in Newport

In a statement on their website, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it is launching an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment by what the DOJ terms “multiple members” of the staff at the Arkansas Department of Correction’s McPherson Womens Unit in Newport.

The DOJ’s Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division is conducting the investigation, under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), which authorizes the DOJ to investigate allegations that the Constitutional rights of prisoners have been violated.

Those with information about allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment at the McPherson Unit are encouraged to contact the DOJ’s special email line that has been set up for the investigation: Community.McPherson@usdoj.gov

Arkansas Times