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PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)

Read articles, columns and other content from Corrections1 related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA, P.L. 108-79), which was enacted by Congress to address the problem of sexual abuse of persons in the custody of U.S. correctional agencies.

PREA regulations and resulting policies are extensive and can involve a lot of work. So, why should we go through all this trouble?
Catherine Dutcher, 24, was fired from her job at a juvenile correctional center on the same day she was arrested
The bi-partisan legislation, now on its way to President Biden to sign, forces BOP to fix and replace surveillance cameras
The high-ranking official, who has admitted to beating Black inmates in the 1990s, has “openly shared some of his past and has shared ... that he’s a changed man”
Ray Garcia faces up to 15 years in prison for abusing inmates at the federal prison in Dublin, Calif.
PREA criminalizes any sexual relationship between correctional officers and inmates because of the “imbalance of power”
The inmate was able to leave the booking area unsupervised and rape the female inmate who was handcuffed to a bar attached to a wall while awaiting release
A federal monitor found inmates were “weaponizing” PREA and using it as a way to threaten officers and retaliate against them
The state’s policy does not require transgender inmates to undergo gender-reassignment surgery to be held in the facility
Are Department of Justice-certified PREA auditors permitted to conduct any part of the onsite portion of the PREA audit remotely?
While video is key in enhancing facility security, it also carries risks that must be addressed to reduce liability for the agency and its officers
In addition to the risk of depression and suicide, transgender people experience sexual violence, harassment and other adverse conditions at higher rates than the general population
What happens to PREA timetables when agencies are preoccupied with preventing coronavirus spread?
Facilities should consider using official PREA standards for compliance as a guideline for best practice to mitigate risk, regardless of their certification status
In our line of work, we can never ignore an inmate’s cry for help
As sexual assaults inside corrections facilities are unusual and shocking, COs can sometimes forget key parts of their job responsibilities
Idaho, Arkansas, Alaska and Utah continue to reject the federal rules
Gov. Greg Abbott has said that he will comply as much as possible with the Prison Rape Elimination Act
SCI-Pittsburg has become the first correctional facility in Pennsylvania to achieve compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act
Warden Hope Cooper took over full-time after the departure of Richard Koerner
To comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, we have to be more hands-on with juvenile offenders than ever before
Some advocates worry that a proposal to reduce the law’s financial penalties will severely damage it
Brian Genrich accused an officer of sexually assaulting him in May during a shakedown of his cell
The DOJ released new instruments to play in the Prison Rape Elimination Act band
Arizona’s workplace safety agency on launched a full investigation of the prison system’s safety policies after the rape of a teacher
Federal standards established by PREA in 2003 now being implemented could create complications
Pursuit of a misdemeanor indecent conduct charge is part of renewed effort to crack down on sexual misconduct in prison system