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Inmate survey: Amarillo unit has high assault rate

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A nationwide survey says an Amarillo male prison has the highest rate of inmates reporting they were pressured into sex or sexual contact with prison staff.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports that 8.1% of inmates at the Clements Unit alleged sexual victimization by staff involving force or threat of force. The figure comes from a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

State prisons spokesman Jason Clark questioned the survey's findings, saying many allegations were not actually sexual assault and "could reflect offender attitudes toward other offensive behavior or legitimate security precautions."

Clements also had the highest rate of inmates saying they were coerced or pressured into sex among male prisons, at 8.7%.

The figures come from a survey of 92,000 inmates over 2011 and 2012.

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