Volume 3, Issue 2

Articles

Legislating "Legitimate" Victims: How the Jailhouse Exclusion Denies Inmates the Protection of California's Rape Shield Statute

The passage of rape shield statutes protecting victims’ privacy in the 1970s and 1980s changed how the law treats rape victims. However, this rape reform movement gives us the legacy of a puzzling exclusion from California’s rape shield statute for sexual assaults that occur in jail or prison. While sensitive questions about sexual history are off-limits when other victims testify, inmates do not have this protection. Read more about Legislating "Legitimate" Victims: How the Jailhouse Exclusion Denies Inmates the Protection of California's Rape Shield Statute

  • June 2016
  • 3 Stan. J. Crim. L. & Pol'y 55
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