The single-sex environment of prisons creates especially constricted views of gender roles, with a culture of hyper-masculinity dominating male prisons. The potential for rape activity has been seen to be more prevalent across race lines. The basic scenario is not inaccurate, Human Rights Watch has found; it occurs in prisons around the country. Moreover, protective custody units tend to be extremely restrictive, even punitive, in their conditions. Slavery A convicted felon is one whom the law in its humanity punishes by confinement in the penitentiary instead of death. Strong, physically imposing inmates are safer from sexual abuse. In their most extreme forms, this can include intimidation, and physical and sexual violence. Thomas, Even more importantly, they tend to be better established in the inmate hierarchy. Unless the new arrival is strong, ugly, and efficient at violence, they are subject to get seduced, coerced, or raped. And in fact, a lot of the general rules on running a safe prison would particularly benefit LGBT inmates. Men, Women and Rape, is a touchstone for work on the topic. The obvious disdain prisoners share regarding "punks" and "turnouts"--inmates subject to sexual abuse--further strengthens the view of rape as a crime of violence and power, not of sexual passion. Sometimes the protector begins by doing this for free, asking nothing in return, but eventually he will ask to be rewarded sexually.