Inmates and their families endure a shocking level of prejudice from much of society, which is often cheered and celebrated more often than challenged or shamed.
- Being elderly, which makes an easy target for aggression and exploitation;
- Recovering from severe injury, illness, or medical treatment;
- Being mentally ill, and unsafe to themselves or others, or at risk from others;
- Being homosexual, bisexual, or transgender and at risk for sexual and non-sexual violence;
- Being considered a “rat” or a “snitch” for cooperating with authorities in the investigation and prosecution of their case, and winding up at risk from their co-defendants and everyone else for the simple title;
- Attempting to leave a gang within the prison, which can result in a ‘contract’ going out to promise a reward to anyone who injures or kills that specific person; and
- Being accused or convicted of a crime that is sexual in nature, or against women and children.