Because this is how lists work, one state must sit atop America’s list of where the most prison rapes take place. Texas just happens to get that honor, though it’s unclear why.
Four of America’s Top 10 most-rape-y prisons are in Texas, including the Estelle Unit, in Huntsville (pictured), which beat the national average of inmates reporting sexual assaults in the previous 12 months. Overall, some 4.5 percent of inmates report abuse; at Estelle, it was 15.7 percent. So is it because of that statistic, or in spite of it that Texas is the only state to have a special prosecutions unit focusing solely on prison crimes? Most startlingly, however, is that victims more often report their assailants not as fellow inmates, but as guards.