Prison rape hearings include Va. officials

The people who run prisons with some of the highest and lowest reported incidence of rape will testify at a hearing in Washington.

Individuals testifying Tuesday include officials from the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Virginia.

The largest women’s prison in the state, Fluvanna is one of only two institutions in the country where inmates reported an incidence of inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization higher than 11 percent.

The hearing is a result of a law that mandates annual hearings on prison rape, as well as a yearly report. The August 2010 report, the second of its kind, found that 4 percent of prison inmates reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization.

The hearing is being held at the federal Office of Justice Programs. It will continue Wednesday.

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