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Military Injustice

In the Army, you’re more likely to be detained for drugs than sexual assault

A first-of-its-kind analysis reveals that, on average, Army soldiers had to face at least eight counts of sexual offenses before their commanders detained them ahead of trial as often as soldiers charged with drug or burglary crimes.

By Vianna Davila, Lexi Churchill and Ren Larson, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, and Kengo Tsutsumi, ProPublica

What is pretrial confinement? 

1. Soldiers accused of sexual assault are placed in pretrial confinement at lower rates than those charged with some more minor offenses.

2. Use of pretrial confinement varies from one Army post to another.

3. Across the Army, soldiers charged with drug crimes are confined at an especially high rate.

4. The Army’s justice process is different from the civilian one.

5. Despite calls for reforms, commanders still control many parts of the military justice system.

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