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The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Justice made public a report on the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) management of its female population.

One expert found the results “damning” and another found them “horrifying.”

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The report found a lack of access to basic needs for female inmates.

A majority of female inmates in prisons across the U.S. have not been provided basic needs, including feminine hygiene products and access to trauma and pregnancy programs, a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) management of its female inmate population revealed in a report made public Tuesday.

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“Our review identified instances in which BOP’s programming and policy has not fully considered the needs of female inmates, which has made it difficult for inmates to access certain key programs and supplies,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report states.

While female inmates made up just 7 percent of the total BOP sentenced inmate population of 146,084 as of September 2016, correctional officers have noticed that females have much different, and in some cases stronger, needs.

Conclusions - Report - Information - Percent - Women

One of the main conclusions from the report, which gathered information between 2012 and 2016, was that while about 90 percent of women are affected by physical and emotional trauma early on in their incarceration, the BOP was unable to provide its trauma treatment program to all eligible female inmates because it only staffed one program director to each institution.

“It’s really disturbing to see the findings in this report,” Amy Fettig, Deputy Director of the National Prison Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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“For example, the trauma based care, which is well recognized in the federal system and across the country as especially critical for women prisoners as so many of them have been subject to...
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