If you are a former female inmate who was sexually abused or assaulted at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, you may have grounds to pursue legal action and a financial recovery of your damages.
Based on new laws in California, victims who were sexually abused as adults may now have new opportunities to file civil claims against their abusers and the institutions that failed to protect them. You should contact us to find out about your legal rights, even if the abuse occurred many years ago.
Levy Konigsberg is an award-winning trial firm that’s leading the fight for former female inmates who were sexually abused at jails and prisons across the country. We represent a growing number of women in California and are actively investigating claims involving abuse at Twin Towers and other facilities.
To speak with a Twin Towers sexual abuse attorney about your legal options, call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
A History of Female Inmate Sex Abuse at Twin Towers Jail
The Twin Towers Correctional Facility, also known as Twin Towers Jail, is a correctional complex in downtown Los Angeles operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD). It is the largest jail and the largest mental health facility in the world, with a complex consisting of two towers: a medical services building and the Los Angeles County Medical Center Jail Ward.
Only female inmates who require medical or mental health services are housed at Twin Towers (inmates requiring acute care are incarcerated in the medical services building, while inmates with severe health issues are housed in the medical center). Generally, all other female detainees in the region are housed at the Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF).
Even though Twin Towers houses inmates who require extra care and support, years of evidence shows it has had a pervasive and long-standing problem with sexual abuse of female inmates – including extremely high-rates of sexual victimization committed by staff.
DOJ Report: Twin Towers Ranked Among Worst in Nation for Inmate Sex Abuse
In May 2013, a survey published by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that the Twin Towers Correctional Facility was among the worst in the nation for inmates alleging sexual abuse by deputies, staff, and fellow inmates.
The survey – “Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates” – was conducted between February 2011 and May 2012 and included more than 94,000 inmates at 233 state and federal prisons and 358 local jails across the country.
Here are some key findings from the survey about the scope of sexual abuse at Twin Towers:
- High Rates of Sexual Victimization. The survey found that 8% of respondents at Twin Towers complained of “sexual victimization” – more than twice the national average of 3.2%. Sexual victimization includes a range of activity, from inappropriate touching to willing or unwilling sexual contact with staff.
- High Rates of Staff-on-Inmate Abuse. Of the 8% of sexual victimization incidents reported by Twin Towers inmates, 4.4% involved incidents perpetrated by jail staff – more than twice the 1.8% national average for staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct.
- One of the Worst in the Nation. According to the survey, there were only five other jails in the country with higher reported rates of sexual victimization of inmates than Twin Towers.
The survey’s findings paint an alarming picture of sexual abuse at Twin Towers, as well as jail and prisons nationwide. For those who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of deputies and staff at Twin Towers in the past, a new California law may provide an opportunity to take legal action.
How We Can Help Twin Towers Sex Abuse Survivors
New laws enacted in California may provide sexual abuse survivors with new opportunities to pursue legal action against abusers and the institutions that failed to protect them. This means that you may be able to file a Twin Towers sexual abuse lawsuit over abuse that occurred many years in the past. Determining your eligibility to file suit under California’s new sex abuse law can be difficult and your available options will depend on factors unique to your case. Given the strict time limits that may apply, we encourage all former female inmates with a potential claim to contact our team as soon as possible for a personalized case review.
Award-Winning Attorneys on Your Side
Levy Konigsberg is a nationally ranked trial firm that devotes a large part of our practice to fighting on behalf of sexual abuse survivors.
Thanks to groundbreaking laws like CA AB 2777, we’re representing a growing number of women who were sexually abused by deputies, corrections officers, and staff at jails and prisons across California, New York, and the country. If you’d like to learn more about your options for filing a Twin Towers Jail sexual abuse lawsuit, we want to help.
Call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online to speak with an attorney. We offer FREE and confidential consultations and work on contingency, which means there is no cost to hire and no fee unless we win.