Untangling the PREA Standards: Outside Reporting, Confidential Support, and Third-Party Reporting Fact Sheet

The purpose of this fact sheet is to clarify the various external reporting methods that the standards require detention facilities to put in place, and that are separate from the internal reporting mechanisms described in the standard §115.51(a). This fact sheet aims to help facilities distinguish between external reporting, third-party reporting, and the provision of victim services, which each fulfills different but related requirements in the standards. In addition to clarifying the intent of the reporting standards, this factsheet contains three case studies to illustrate how these provisions apply in different corrections settings.

Case Studies

The following three case studies illustrate the ways in which the PREA standards would apply in juvenile and adult facilities. Using realistic scenarios, these stories highlight the facility requirements under PREA that pertain to victim services and inmate reporting of sexual abuse. Whenever Petra, Brian, or Lamar — the subjects of the case studies — access a crisis service or make use of a reporting channel, the relevant provision of the standard is listed. Corrections officials and victim service organizations can use the scenarios to help understand how standards §115.51(b), §115.53, and §115.54 work in practice.

Just Detention International
Community Confinement
Juvenile Facility
Lockup Facility
Prisons and Jails
Third-party reporting
Confidential support
Outside support services