PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act
What is PREA?
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is federal law that went into effect in September of 2003 and prohibits sexual misconduct in correctional settings such as prisons, jails, lockups, and juvenile facilities. Sexual misconduct under this law includes:
- Inmate-on-Inmate sexual assault and abuse
- Staff-on-Inmate sexual misconduct (sexual/inappropriate relationships with Inmates)
- Inmate-on-Inmate and staff-on Inmate sexual harassment
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into Federal law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. It was created to address the problem of sexual misconduct in all confinement facilities. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice released national PREA standards to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities.
The Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (HCDOC&R) is responsible for protecting the rights of inmates/detainees placed under the Department’s custody and supervision. The Department has established a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and acts to prevent, detect and respond to all allegations and incidents of sexual misconduct.
All Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees, volunteers and contractors receive training on their duties and responsibilities under the Department’s ZERO TOLERANCE policy and are informed that they are required to immediately report any incident or allegation of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
The HCDOC&R investigates all allegations of Inmate–on–Inmate and staff–on–Inmate sexual misconduct. You can report sexual misconduct in multiple ways:
Information for family and friends of those in custody of the HCDOC&R
The Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation takes every report of sexual misconduct seriously and all allegations will be referred for investigation. All staff, volunteers and contractors receive training in the awareness and reporting of sexual misconduct. All victims will be provided with medical and mental health care. Staff/inmate/detainee sexual misconduct is against the law in New Jersey.
THE HUDSON COUNTY DEPT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION RECOGNIZES THE RIGHT OF INMATES TO BE FREE FROM SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.