Violence and Sexual Abuse

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What's at Stake

Excessive force by correctional staff, particularly through the use of electroshock devices like Tasers and stun guns, leads to extreme, unnecessary suffering and sometimes death. Rape and sexual abuse of prisoners—by staff and other prisoners—remain serious problems in detention facilities of all kinds.  

Excessive force by correctional staff, particularly through the use of electroshock devices like Tasers and stun guns, leads to extreme, unnecessary suffering and sometimes death. Rape and sexual abuse of prisoners—by staff and other prisoners—remain serious problems in detention facilities of all kinds.  

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