Published on: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

FBI agents on Monday raided a federal women’s prison in California so plagued by sexual abuse it was known among inmates and workers as the “rape club.” The action coincided with the ouster of the new warden from the federal correctional institution in Dublin (article available here).

As FBI agents hauled boxes from inside the Northern California prison, Warden Art Dulgov — just a few months into his tenure — and three other top managers were removed from their positions by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

The developments are just the latest twist in a years-long scandal surrounding the facility. Since an FBI investigation was launched and resulted in arrests in 2021, eight FCI Dublin employees have been charged with sexually abusing inmates. Five of them have pleaded guilty to charges, and two have been convicted by juries. Another employee is slated to go on trial this year.

Last year, former Warden Ray J. Garcia was sentenced to 70 months in prison for sexually abusing incarcerated women and lying to the FBI as part of a cover-up.