Dozens of female inmates who have spent time at Dublin Federal Correction Institution (FCI) in Dublin, California, have broken their silence recently and alleged rampant sexual assault in the prison. At this time, four correctional officers and a former warden have been formally charged with sexually assaulting inmates there. Two of the officers so far have pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of inmates at Dublin FCI. It is likely that more staff members will be implicated as investigations continue.
Numerous Reports of Sexual Abuse at Dublin FCI
The true extent of the sexual assaults occurring at Dublin FCI is not entirely known, but many different acts of sexual assault and abuse have been reported in detail by several inmates at the all-female correctional facility. Many were allegedly assaulted regularly in their cells, while others allege attacks and harassment in common areas of the facility like the kitchen. There are also reports of nonsexual violence against the women there, such as unprompted physical assaults that once rendered an inmate unconscious.
One former prison unit manager has also reported that she was abused as an employee at Dublin FCI in her 25 years working there. As inmate stories began to break the silence, she came forward to share that she was frequently verbally abused.
It has also been claimed that the correctional officers at Dublin FCI created a crassly coined “rape club” that was devoted to sexually assaulting the inmates there. Prison administrators might have known or arguably should have known that such a malicious group had formed, yet nothing was done to disband it and penalize its members.
Threat of Retaliation & CA AB 2777
Among all the allegations and verified reports of sexual assault at Dublin FCI, there is one constant: the threat of retaliation. Nearly every woman who was sexually abused at the correctional facility was threatened with additional harm if they spoke up or sought help. Some were even denied medical treatment to ensure that they would stay quiet about the attacks.
The threat of retaliation might prove crucial in civil sexual abuse lawsuits that are forming against Dublin FCI thanks to the recently signed California Assembly Bill 2777 or AB 2777. This law has created a one-year lookback window (January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023) that allows sexual abuse survivors to bring a claim during that time for sexual assault that happened outside the typical statute of limitations in California as long as the sexual assault was followed by an attempted cover-up, including the threat of retaliation. In other words, potentially hundreds of women who were sexually assaulted at Dublin FCI years ago could soon file lawsuits to demand justice and compensation by using AB 2777’s lookback window.
It is also important to understand that consensual sexual acts cannot exist between an inmate and someone in a supervisory or disciplinary position with them, such as a corrections officer, due to restrictions in the law. Therefore, no alleged sexual acts in Dublin FCI are permitted under the law and would instead be considered sexual assault. Even women who did not experience forcible sexual violence, or who may be considered to have consented in a non-prison setting, are entitled to relief under the law. Simply put, any sexual act between a corrections officer and inmate is sexual assault. All survivors of sexual assault at Dublin FCI should explore their legal rights under AB 2777’s one-year lookback window.
How to File a Dublin FCI Lawsuit
The time to file a lawsuit against Dublin FCI for enabling sexual assault within its walls is extremely limited. Many women might only have one year (2023) to start a claim. If you think you have a valid claim against Dublin FCI and its abusive correctional officers, then you should act now.
Call (800) 315-3806 and connect with Levy Konigsberg and our team of nationally-recognized sex abuse attorneys. We fight for the rights of the abused, no matter who hurt them. We have the resources, experience, and network to take claims against prisons, churches, corporations, and other major institutions.
Don’t lose your opportunity to file a Dublin FCI sexual assault lawsuit. Contact Levy Konigsberg now.
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- “Dozens of women detail rape and retaliation at Dublin prison, real reform is questioned” (FOX 2 KTVU)