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The Madison Torture Case: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Avoid All Accountability

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The Madison Torture Case: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Avoid All Accountability

CREATED Apr 10, 2012

The fact that Wisconsin Department of Corrections employees failed to pick up on the ongoing torture and repeated sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Madison is troubling!  The fact that these employees will not be held accountable for their negligence is disgraceful.

In early February, a 15-year-old girl was found barefoot in pajamas outside a house in Madison.  It turns out that the girl had been being held prisoner in the basement of the house by her father and step-mother.  It is also alleged that the girl had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by her step-brother. The step-brother was on probation for having a sexual relationship with another 13-year-old girl.  

As a condition of his probation, Department of Corrections officials were required to do a residence assessment to make certain that the house where he was living was appropriate.  In the course of the residence assessment (and two subsequent visits), authorities failed to notice that the 15-year-old girl (who weighed 70 pounds) was being held prisoner in the basement and sexually assaulted by the person they were supposed to be supervising!

Talk about a Three Stooges moment - except that there's nothing funny about the situation.

It's also not funny that the Department of Corrections says that "no work rules were violated and no employees have been disciplined".  In other words, these officials raise incompetence to an art form and are essentially held unaccountable.

I guess it's the standard of care for some Wisconsin public employees:  See no evil, hear no evil - avoid all accountability!