Though thirteen people who supervised Arizona prisoners have been charged with felonies for having sexual contact with an inmate or parolee over the last five years, none are serving jail time.
An investigation by The Arizona Republic found that prosecutors in all cases agreed to plea deals that reduced those charges, allowing probation and no prison time, a fact that two of the alleged victims are contesting in court.
Two victims who say they were raped while in state custody have accused the Maricopa County Attorney's Office of giving their attackers preferential treatment.
The victims say they were not consulted about the plea agreements, something that is required under the state Constitution. Inmates are excluded from Arizona's Victims' Bill of Rights.
County Attorney Bill Montgomery declined to comment.