A federal law since 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. For statistical data on the incidence of sexual abuse in various forms of confinement, see all Data and Statistics in the PRC library. Read more about the act in the library and find a link to the law here.
In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. Information about the standards development process can be found in the PRC library. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission's standards are available here.
The final version of the standards was issued by the Department of Justice on May 17, 2012. This website will provide information on implementation, compliance, and enforcement and this page will be updated when the PRC has done a thorough review of the standards.
In the meantime, PRC offers the following resources for jurisdictions looking for guidance on how to prepare for compliance with the standards. Authorship and publication information is available on each resource and should be cited appropriately.
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