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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:58 AM

At Iowa prison, a lonely battle against sex movies

By By RYAN J. FOLEY | Associated Press 5 hrs ago

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Administrators let offenders at one of Iowa's most dangerous prison units watch violent and sexually explicit movies and TV shows for years, despite repeated complaints from a female officer who said it encouraged inmates to sexually harass her.

Murderers, sexual predators and other men housed at a unit for mentally ill inmates at the maximum-security state prison in Fort Madison were allowed to watch movies such as "Deranged," a horror film that includes a scene in which a woman is beaten, raped, hung upside down and skinned. Among other movies inmates watched were "Delta of Venus," an erotic film; "Coffey," which shows sadism and attempted rape; and "Cruel Intentions," records show.

Despite correctional officer Kristine Sink's complaints, administrators told her not to turn off the movies or shows. When she did, they accused her of insubordination, according to department records that Sink provided to The Associated Press. One warden blamed Sink for causing problems by complaining, and another supervisor suggested her outfits a standard-issue uniform were enticing inmates.

Sink said she has fought a lonely battle under four wardens against movies that caused inmates to become sexually aggressive through "10 years of misery." She filed a lawsuit Nov. 30 against prison officials alleging sexual harassment, discrimination and workplace retaliation, seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

"It's inconceivable. If I had not lived through it myself, I wouldn't believe this," she said.

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http://news.yahoo.com/iowa-prison-lonely-battle-against-sex-movies-091857054.html

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Tuesday Afternoon Jan 2013 OP
Helen Reddy Jan 2013 #1
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #2
gollygee Jan 2013 #3
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In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #4
Little Star Jan 2013 #5
progressoid Jan 2013 #6
BainsBane Jan 2013 #7
ismnotwasm Jan 2013 #8
Tuesday Afternoon Jan 2013 #9
seabeyond Jan 2013 #10
Tuesday Afternoon Jan 2013 #11

Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:03 AM

1. Obviously sadistic

 

feckers run this asylum. Ms. Sink endured way too much, good luck to her in the suit.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:08 AM

2. Unbelievable, yet....

somehow not surprising.

I wish her success in the suit, and I hope it leads to reform.

They shouldn't be viewing anything close to these types of movies.

Incredibly stupid and hateful that they are doing this.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:12 AM

3. What are they thinking?

I can't even begin to think how they thought those movies were OK for that audience.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:39 AM

5. Not to bright are they? Glad she's suing the assholes. k&r

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:18 AM

6. Ugh.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:43 AM

7. I was just about to post this

Unreal, isn't it. Iowa is going to have to pay a lot of money out over this. It's astounding that a public employer would think they could get away with this sort of thing in this day and age.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:54 PM

8. My daughter worked as a corrections officer

For a while after she left the army. It's a disgusting hell pit. There were a number mind numbing horror stories she told me. She worked quite often in the special offenders unit.

She worked in an extremely hostile work environment indeed. The prisoners, she said in a way were easier to deal with than the idiocy of the management.

I don't think the inmates were allowed to watch those kind of movies, and this is a fucked-up prison as far as I'm concerned

A few months after she quit, a female guard was murdered by an inmate


http://www.komonews.com/news/local/114899129.html


My SIL still works there, and its still a cess poll.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:56 PM

9. the way this country is going it will be all there is --

those in the prisons and those guarding the prisons . . .

I feel for all of them no matter which side of the bars they are on.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:10 PM

10. i have seen a few threads on du with posters curled in fetal position demanding the right for

prisoners to watch their violent porn. their RIGHT.

it is a right, dontcha know.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:14 PM

11. tis a privilege - and privileges can be taken away. that is why we have the Bill of RIGHTS.

Rights are not to be taken away.

got get 'em educated. words matter.

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