Female Corrections Officers Sue Cook County Over "Masturbating Inmates"

Tyler Durden's picture

In a story that brings to mind one grotesque yet memorable scene from the classic thriller “Silence of the Lambs”, three female corrections officers in Cook County have filed a lawsuit claiming that Sheriff Tom Dart has ignored their complaints about grossly inappropriate behavior by male inmates who “brazenly masturbate” in front of female guards, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A lawyer for veteran corrections officers Sdahrie Howard, Denise Hobbs and Ellenor Altman said the trio and their fellow female officers who work in the Cook County jail complex have had to deal almost daily with being threatened, harassed - and even sometimes groped.

Compounding problems for the women, supervisors have discouraged them from filing complaints about the behavior, telling them witnessing the behavior is “part of the job” - something they’ve also factored into their lawsuit.

“They really do fear for their safety,” said attorney Marni Willenson, who represents the three officers. “Women have a right to go to work without looking over their shoulder fearing they’re going to be raped or aggressively exposed to genitalia."

The lawsuit, which is seeking class action status, was filed Friday in US District Court, two years ago, the women filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. In a striking coincidence, the corrections officers’ filed their suit just days after female lawyers at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office filed a similar lawsuit making similar allegations about harassment from inmates.

Cara Smith, Sheriff Dart’s chief of policy, said Friday that the sheriff’s office has tried to deal with the increasing number of incidents at the jail for about two years, and that a variety of measures undertaken to stop the behavior have failed.

While the women allege that nothing has been done to protect them from the harassment, the Sun-Times reports that since January, 222 detainees have been charged with indecent exposure, including 144 cases where the victims were jail personnel. Dart backed legislation that would increase the penalties for indecent exposure committed inside jails and prisons, but says the bill stalled in the legislature.

“We will continue to try these sort of Band Aid operational fixes to deal with the problem,” Smith said. “But the reality is that the tools we have to address this behavior are grossly inefficient to deal with the task."

The lawyer representing the corrections officers agreed.

“There’s no dispute there,” she said. “Whatever they’re doing, it’s not working."

The question is, what can be done? Aside from relegating female officers to womens’ jails and prisons where the likelihood of sexual harassment would presumably be lower, solutions aside from filing more charges or throwing them into solitary confinement remain unclear.
 

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InjectTheVenom's picture

GIGGGGGITTTTY   GIGGGGGITTTTTYYYY

runswithscissors's picture

The female guards are masturbating the inmates?

y3maxx's picture

Put the prisoners on video tape

847328_3527's picture

Why not cut their peckers off?

My guess is after they hear of the first "Pecker Removal" the masturbation in front of the guards will suddenly stop.

overbet's picture

Hmmm maybe....GET ANOTHER FUCKING JOB if you cant handle it.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Just issue female COs each one of these, and allow them to swat the offending organ. I'll bet it cuts down on how many incidents they are exposed to...

https://www.amazon.com/Enoz-Sergeant-Swat-Flyswatter-3/dp/B00X4JEHBW/ref...

Bush Baby's picture

Liquid nitrogen in a spray bottle - 10 foot range

pods's picture

So the dudes are in jail and they can't even punch one out?

I mean, beat the fuck out of the guy if he pulls a "I bit my wrist, look at the blood" and flings some meringue at them, but otherwise suck it up buttercup.  I'm sure the actual prisoners who get raped would love to be able to sue for being mistreated too. But they would get fucking laughed at, and the guards actually are in charge of their safety.

pods

 

losses mount's picture

Sex robots may be an answer.

If a prisoner behaves for the week, he gets an hour with a sex robot in a private setting.

If he misbehaves he misses out.

Gap Admirer's picture

"DON'T TAZE ME, BRO!"

Hit a few of the exposed members with tazers and they'll keep them put away.

BandGap's picture

I'm thinking a nice shot from a taser would work really well.

Socratic Dog's picture

I'm wondering what stupid fuck decided it would be a good idea to put female jailers in male jails.  Jesus Christ, protect me from imbeciles.

pods's picture

Duh, we are all equal silly.  

pods

No.Fifth.Turning's picture

I hope they put them master debaters in jail!!!!!!!  Oh....wait......sheesh....!!!

Forbes's picture

A few years ago Baltimore--the armpit of the country, apparently--had a problem with female correction officers getting pregnant and having children with inmates. Inmates who happened to be gang leaders. Such an imbecilic idea to put male inmates with female COs. 

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Talk to the Police Diversity Tsar. Or it could be their way of revealing that women aren't suitable for supervising such cocky types.

peippe's picture

that is a good point.

lady prison guard in washington state shot her mouth 

off to a male inmate, (murderer), he used her walky talky 

microphone cable to strangle her to death. the media never 

did mention what exactly she said to him that triggered her death.

Yeah, they gave him another life term.  

JLM's picture

Or you could also stick them in solitary for a month or two.  They are crying for a time out.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Obviously, a frivalous lawsuit that's wasting tax payer money.

As punishment, I curse her to bukaki by one thousand prisoners!

bloostar's picture

I’m sure there’s a Spider-Man towel joke in here somewhere.

waspwench's picture

Obviously, they can't handle the job but they see an opportunity to sue and make money out of their own incompetence.

The real issue here is why do we have female guards working in a men's prison?   A building full of sex starved criminals is no place any sensible woman would want to go.   It is an unpleasant and dangerous job and if they are attacked, raped, harrassed, or otherwise in harm's way because they cannot look after themselves, it will be the responsibility of some unlucky men to go in and save their sorry behinds.

Additionally, it is hardly kind to the inmates to to put temptation in their way when they aren't allowed to have any.

Kafir Goyim's picture

Bullshit.  I don't want to see that shit even as a male.  They should sue because the prison is not allowing the inmates to be taught some fucking respect.  Seriously, you do that in front of a guard of any sex, you are showing disrespect and punishment is warranted.  If you allow that shit with no punishment ("It's part of the job"), you're part of the reason prisons are the hell holes they are.  Enforce some fucking rules and life will be better for everybody, prisoners and guards alike.

InflammatoryResponse's picture

you do realize of course the reason they are usually inmates in the first place is that they have issues with respect right?

 

Kafir Goyim's picture

Yep.  It's a teaching opportunity.  They're there to be rehabilitated, right?  Or have we completely given up on that and now they're just caged monkeys?  If they're caged monkeys, I'm fine with that, but then I get to remove any ammenities that they would have that monkeys would not have.  Otherwise, if they're there for rehabilitation, then let's teach them not to whack off in front of people in authority.  Seems reasonable to me.

waspwench's picture

I am not part of the problem.   You are addressing a completely different aspect of the problem - prison discipline.

I nowhere suggested that the prisoners behaviour was acceptable or that it should be ignored, nor did I suggest that they not be disciplined.  

My point is that female guards are not capable of enforcing discipline and, in fact, the presence of female guards almost certainly contributes to the problem.   I doubt the inmates would find it as entertaining to masturbate in front of male prison guards.

Our prisons are a disgrace.   Prisoner on prisoner rape is epidemic and the gangs seem to have more authority than the guards.   Drugs are readily available.   Criminals use 'phones to conduct their criminal activities from inside the  prisons and little is done to stop this.   Properly enforced, and considerably harsher, discipline would be highly desirable, but employing incompetent female guards, who cannot do the job, and who present a constant temptation to the inmates, only causes more problems.

Mr Hankey's picture

Respect? Is that a law? I dont respect anything or anybody& I have never been in prison.I justlike to spray shit all over everything.

Kassandra's picture

Nothing will change. Your suggestion is too sensible.

verumcuibono's picture

I love the mind-numbing stupidity of many ZH commenters. Most of the time it's trolling or botz but in your case, I'm pretty sure it's Operator failure.

But for others who might be interested, the inclusion of female corrections officers in our ever-growing incarceration institutions has generally been the result of evidenced-based behavioral management system improvements. Studies show that the population often respond more favorably to female authority - fewer incidents, less harm, more obedience.

Primarily, increased behaivoral control has been achieved through direct supervision models, which places the officer inside the unit with the inmates rather than isolated in a control booth and this achieves many benefits in improved control over the housing unit and individual inmates and for many reasons.

Additionally, this model encourages more appropriate behavior from inmates and studies have shown that female officers can elevate these benefits for reasons ranging from inmates feeling less "challenged" by female staff (so less testosteronie influence) to feeling it easier to develop trust and communication with female staff.

Better bahavior, more control = fewer incidents, safer environment for all inmates and staff. Of course this reduces legal risk.

Dentention and correctional institutions are far more complex than most people think--primarily because the masses let themselves be informed about the world around them from cable TV. And depsite what you've been conditioned to believe, 90% of the incarcerated are eventually released and those from YOUR neighborhoods will become your problem again, if the system doesn't do a better job of influencing better outcomes. Recidivism is THE main reason why it's an $80+ billion industry. What happens inside matters.

waspwench's picture

There seems to be little evidence that your theories are working very well in Cook County.   I cannot imagine why not.

I would guess you have a degree in the soft sciences:  sociology, psychology, or some such.

verumcuibono's picture

These aren't "theories" - these have been studied and proven.

I wasn't defending Cook County - simply illuminating you real "thinkers" here that there's imperical evidence for including staff officers.

The fact that these management protocols aren't working for Cook County.is indicative of other, probably more serious problems underlying the culture and administrative functioning there.

And no, I have a degree in building sciences. What's your degree in?

dark pools of soros's picture

Can't the CO's just twitter shame them with some celebs? that doesn't do it?

Mazzy's picture

It's Chicago liberalism, they literally cannot think that way.

Can't hack it?  Can't tough it out?  JUST SUE YOUR EMPLOYER!!!!

Liberalism is all about lack of responsibility/accountability and every damn thing is someone else's fault.

Lynn Trainor's picture

How would you like that going on where you work?  There should be zero tolerance for this disgusting, filthy lewdness in front of prison officers.

Giant Meteor's picture

Chemical castration ..

They can wack that noodle till the cows come home (or go off shift.)

Jesus H Christ downvoter, must I always include the sarc tag!?

Ok, one no vote for chemical castration and pointless noodle wacking ...

Duly noted ..

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

Chemical castration?

I am Billy the Poet's complete lack of compliance. 

Giant Meteor's picture

LoL right on  man .. me too ..

Stay away from the fluorinated !

Rockatanski's picture

just the nuts would due. less complications to pay for down the road.

Eyes Opened's picture

They expect the scum of the earth to behave any other way ???  FFS...

Pepper spray should make the problem go away... literally...

Slipstream's picture

Here's a rag.

"What's that for?"

"To stop the bleeding after I cut your pecker off."

Mr Hankey's picture

 Is that offense worthy of pecker removal? They're in jail not prison, what type of crimes are they being charged with? Drug,property crimes? Not paying fines? Too many DUIs?

greenskeeper carl's picture

It's not worthy of pecker removal. Perhaps a pecker kick? Yet another problem caused by liberals trying to pretend everyone is the same, women can do everything just as good as men, etc. Women should not be prison guards at a male prison. Pretending they are capable just harms the women

IH8OBAMA's picture

Give the female guards lethal electrified battons.  Shock the hell out of those masturbating inmates.