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Sexual Abuse in California Federal Prisons


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Are you being subjected to sexual abuse as a current inmate of a federal prison in California? Were you the victim of sexual assault while you were incarcerated at a California federal prison? The term “federal prison” is commonly used to describe correctional facilities that fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). These facilities include US penitentiaries, federal institutions, correctional complexes, and hallway houses, formally known as Residential Reentry Management locations (RRM).

It’s understood that people in these prisons are serving time for a variety of offenses against the United States Code. Certainly, there is a level of punishment to being incarcerated at a prison, but the focus should always be on rehabilitation and respectful treatment. Violation of one’s basic rights, such as sexual abuse, happens far too often in the prison system, regardless of the inmate’s gender / gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.

As a victim of sexual violence, it may seem like there’s no one you can turn to, but you are entitled to legal protections, just like anyone else. Please take the opportunity of contacting us and speaking to a lawyer with experience in sexual abuse lawsuits against federal prisons in California. You may have grounds to sue the prison system and receive justice in the form of monetary compensation. Call us as soon as possible for a free consultation on your rights and legal options.

Can I Sue for a Case of Sexual Abuse in a Federal Prison?

Some people say that federal prison sexual abuse in California is on the rise, but we know from experience that inmates have always been targeted by predators within the federal prison system. The difference now is that more people are coming forward and naming the people that are responsible for their pain and trauma.

Most victims are unfamiliar with the state’s sexual assault laws, which is why so many of them contact us to ask if they can sue a correctional institution for sexual abuse by a prison employee. Yes, you may have the right to sue the operators of the prison, along with your attacker and any other parties that had knowledge of, or contributed to what you went through. These parties may include your attacker, other employees at the prison, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

For some cases, we may need to after a private entity, like a corporation that is contracted by the BOP. Taft Correctional Institution, for example, is operated by the Management and Training Corporation, commonly known as MCT. This company manages numerous prisons and Job Corps centers for the federal government, so this is the party that may be liable for a case of sexual harassment or sexual assault in a California federal prison.

Liability for a sexual abuse case is complicated in itself, but even more so when the defendant is a member of the federal prison system. That’s why it’s essential to work with a seasoned inmate sexual abuse attorney, like the experts here at DTLA Law Group. Our legal team is available to speak with you if you were sexually abused at any of the following locations:

  • United States Penitentiary, Atwater 
  • United States Penitentiary, Lompoc 
  • United States Penitentiary, Victorville 
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin 
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong 
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc 
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Mendota 
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island 
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Victorville Medium I 
  • Federal Correctional Institution, Victorville Medium II 
  • Federal Correctional Complex, Lompoc (includes FCI Lompoc and USP Lompoc) 
  • Federal Correctional Complex, Victorville (includes FCI Victorville Medium I, FCI Victorville Medium II and USP Victorville) 
  • Taft Correctional Institution (privately run by Management and Training Corporation) 
  • RRM Long Beach 
  • RRM Sacramento
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Can I Sue the Prison where I am Currently Incarcerated?

There’s no denying that you are under many limitations while you are in prison, but you are still entitled to a lawsuit if you are being sexually abused by the people who are supposed to keep you safe. These include correctional guards, mental health counselors, prison warders, nurses, chaplains, and other prison employees.

However, there is a specific grievance procedure you will need to go through before you can sue the facility where you are currently staying at. These procedures vary from prison to prison, and they are so complicated that most inmates give up before they make any real progress in their case. But you don’t have to suffer in silence when you have DTLA Law Group on your side. We understand the damage that’s been done and how it’s taken away your faith in the legal system. But we hope you’ll take the chance of reaching out to us and learning about the legal options that are available to you.

We look forward to advising you and securing the settlement you deserve from a sexual abuse lawsuit against the federal prison system. Contact our law firm and schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys.

Average Case Value of a Prison Sex Abuse Case

Knowing the approximate value of your case against the federal prison system is critical to receiving a fair amount of compensation. That’s why it’s important to discuss the details of your case with an experienced sexual assault lawsuit lawyer. Here at DTLA, our focus is on bringing you the payment you deserve, which is based on many factors that are specific to you and your trauma. With that in mind, it would be a disservice to say what the average payment would be in these cases. Even if we were asked to provide a range of settlement values, $500,000 to $2.5 million is the best answer we can give. However, case values can sometimes exceed $5 million based on the degree of injuries, the specific acts of abuse, and many other factors.

Ultimately, we will need to speak with you in person to determine a fair amount of compensation to ask for, should you decide to proceed with a lawsuit. Our phone lines are open 24/7, so don’t hesitate to contact us for a free case review.   

Length of Time to Settle a Prison Sexual Assault Claim

It takes anywhere from a few months to several years to settle a claim for sexual abuse against a government entity, like the BOP. If we had to pin it down to a more specific range, we would say that the majority of these cases take around 1 to 2 years, either through direct negotiations or a lawsuit through the court system. Reaching a settlement is still a possibility once a lawsuit is filed; in fact, more than 90% of our cases settle out of court. But if arguing your case in front of a judge is the best course of action, it can take three years or longer to receive a verdict on your case.

Statute of Limitations to Sue for a Case of Sexual Abuse

For a sexual assault case involving an adult (18 years and older), the statute of limitations in California is 10 years. This timeline, however, applies to incidents occurring on or after the date of January 1, 2019. If you were sexually abused before this date, your statute of limitations for a lawsuit is 3 years.

As you can imagine, this puts many victims at a disadvantage when they are serving long sentences at a federal correctional institution or penitentiary. By the time they are ready to seek justice, they’ve lost out on the chance to take legal action, which is a dilemma that has recently been addressed by the California legislature. Currently, there is a law in place (Assembly Bill 2777) that allows for the filing of claims on sex abuse incidents occurring on or after January 1, 2009. Also known as the Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, AB 2777 gives hope to countless inmates who though they were out of time to seek compensation for the abuse they suffered.

Keep in mind, however, that the look back window on previously expired cases expires as of December 31, 2026. Contact our law firm immediately to verify your eligibility for a lawsuit under AB 2777.

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Schedule a Free Second Opinion

There is no shortage of lawyers out there that define success by case volume, meaning that most of their clients do not receive the time and attention that’s needed for a case of sexual assault. Other attorneys take on complex, high-profile cases, though they lack the necessary experience to secure the client’s settlement. These and many other issues may be affecting your case, which is why we would like to offer you a free second opinion. This is a free consultation, so there’s nothing to lose by taking some time to discuss your case with our legal experts. To schedule a free second opinion, simply give us a call here at our office.

Free Legal Services for Sex Abuse Victims

Taking sexual advantage of inmates has been a long-standing problem in prison systems throughout the United States. For too many years, these victims were silenced by threats, physical beatings, and the social stigma against people who are convicted of a crime. The tide is thankfully changing, and you too, can demand justice if you were sexually violated at a federal penitentiary, correctional institution, of halfway house in the state of California.

We provide free legal services to abuse victims, so you won’t pay a dime if you choose to be represented by one of our attorneys. All legal fees are paid by the defendant at the same time they issue your settlement check. And if we don’t win your case, you won’t receive any bills from us, thanks to the Zero Fee Guarantee.

If you’re ready to learn more about the process of suing for sexual abuse at a federal prison in California, contact the attorneys of DTLA Law Group.


 

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