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Safe Sex in Jail

"Safe sex is generally defined as a set of practices designed to reduce the risk of transmitting or acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). However, in a jail setting, the definition of safe sex is expanded. Insofar as a jail officer is concerned, “safe sex” is translated “no sex.” Unfortunately, there are too many instances of jail officers being involved sexually with inmates. The outcome is never good, often resulting in health, family and legal consequences for the offending officer" (p. 1). This is an excellent article describing the legal consequences arising from a correctional officer having sex with an inmate. Sections cover: a national problem; recognizing the problem; legal issues; consequences of sexual misconduct; preventing sexual misconduct; the supervisor's responsibility; what to expect if there is litigation; and the bottom line-no sex in jail.