Preventing Prison Rape

From Alas, a Blog (via Our Descent Into Madness):

In a letter published in The New York Review of Books, David Kaiser of Just Detention International argues that we could significantly reduce prison rape, if we genuinely wanted to.

Why aren’t we doing this?  Do we consider the rights of inmates to be that unimportant?  Is it just for people, jailed for nonviolent offenses, to suffer the profoundly damaging crime of rape because they had to spend a year in the lockup?

Our prison system is a human rights nightmare, and we cannot in the even the lightest sense claim to be a country with respect for the rule of law when we allow it to be so violently broken.