Perry: Texas won't follow parts of jail rape law - Dallas News |

Perry: Texas won't follow parts of jail rape law

Posted: Updated:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry says Texas won't comply with parts of a federal law that adds new regulations intended to prevent prison rape.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Perry wrote a letter to federal authorities saying Texas cannot afford to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, passed in 2003. A deadline to comply with the law was set for May 15.

Perry says proposals to remove some prison security cameras are "ridiculous," and that limiting contact between males and females would hamstring a prison system in which 40 percent of the guards are women.

State prisons spokesman Jason Clark says the system is in compliance with most of the law, but highlights the cross-gender supervision requirement as a particular hurdle.

Information from: Houston Chronicle,

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices