The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). In addition to creating a mandate for significant research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and through the National Institute of Justice, funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections supported major efforts in many state correctional, juvenile detention, community corrections, and jail systems.
The act also created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing draft standards for the elimination of prison rape. Those standards were published in June 2009, and were turned over to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule. That final rule became effective August 20, 2012.
The Third Judicial District Department of Correctional Services maintains a zero tolerance policy in regards to sexual abuse, misconduct, harrassment or discrimination. This zero tolerance culture is reinforced through our practices of: hiring, educating, training, and monitoring. All claims of sexual abuse, misconduct or harrassment are taken seriously and investigated.
*Pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standard 115.32, all contractors, vendors, agents doing business with the Third Judicial District Department of Correctional Services as well as any volunteers working with facility residents are hereby notified of the agency’s zero tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse and sexual harassment. All contractors, vendors, agents, and volunteers must complete PREA training (via the link above) prior to beginning work at the facility. Please let your Department contact know when you have completed the required training.
Find additional information about PREA for the Third District below.