A federal prison for women in California is riddled with allegations of staff sexually abusing prisoners.
The warden and three other staff members at FCI Dublin face charges of sexually abusing women prisoners, The Associated Press reported Jan. 19.
Former correctional worker and chaplain James Highhouse is the latest to be charged with sexual abuse of a ward, abusive sexual contact and making false statements to investigators. The abuse occurred multiple times, between May 2018 and February 2019, reported the article.
More than 100 Bureau of Prisons workers have been arrested, convicted or sentenced for crimes since 2019, according to a November AP report.
Former Warden Ray Garcia was indicted after his arrest in September on charges that he molested an inmate on multiple occasions. Garcia is alleged to have scheduled times and places where he would instruct an inmate to undress in front of him and he then would take multiple photos with his government-issued phone, said the article.
A correctional officer and a recycling technician were also arrested and charged with sexual misconduct.
The prison and some workers were still under investigation, according to the AP.
There have been more than 100 Bureau of Prisons workers arrested, convicted or sentenced for crimes since 2019, according a November Associated Press report.Associated Press
The Bureau of Prisons has been plagued with criminal misconduct and corruption, dozens of escapes, coronavirus outbreaks, deaths of prisoners and workers, and frequent staff shortages.
The Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal and deputy director have announced their resignations.
FCI Dublin made headline news when actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin served their time there for a college admissions scandal.