Taken on a micro-level, Alabama doesn't rank among the worst of the worst. That dubious mark belongs to two of our Southern brethren, Georgia and South Carolina, along with Ohio, Kansas, California and Illinois. New York, Massachusetts and Delaware reported no abuse.
Nevertheless, Alabama's rate reached double-digits -- putting it squarely among those states with a notable level of reported cases.
In its report on the survey, Propublica.com wrote, "The teens are most often assaulted by staff members working at the facilities, and fully 20 percent of those victimized by the men and women charged with protecting and counseling them said they had been violated on more than 10 occasions."
Here is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's coverage of the issue in Georgia.
And here is the Cleveland Plain Dealer's coverage of the issue in Ohio.
-- Phillip Tutor