7 States Refuse to Enforce Prison Rape Act

June 2, 2014 AT 11:50 AM

Gov. Mike Pence has told the U.S. attorney general that Indiana won’t comply with federal prison rape standards because they are too costly.

In a letter to Eric Holder, Pence said complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act “would require the redirection of millions of tax dollars currently supporting other critical needs for Indiana.”

Indiana is one of seven states to tell the Department of Justice that it will not follow federal guidelines designed to reduce prison rape and sexual abuse. The law was passed in 2003, and governors had a May 15 deadline to inform the Justice Department whether they were in compliance or planned to be.

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