Sex Assault Reports Rise In West Virginia Jails, Prisons

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State data show inmate reports of sexual assault have increased in West Virginia's jails and prisons.
The percentage of allegations found to be substantiated has declined.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the Division of Corrections released data showing allegations of sexual assaults in prisons increased from 25 in 2008 to 229 in 2013. Substantiated allegations fell from 80 percent to 17 percent during the period.
Data released by the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority show allegations of sexual assaults increased in regional jails from 90 in 2013 to 139 in 2014. Substantiated allegations declined from 41 percent to 23 percent during the period.