General Overview

General Overview

On September 4, 2003, former President George W. Bush signed into law the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). The legislation required the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to develop a new national data collection on the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault within correctional facilities. The final rule was published in the federal register on June 20, 2012, and became effective on August 20, 2012.

The DOCR has implemented a written policy and practices within all facilities mandating zero-tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and outlining the agency’s approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct. The DOCR is committed to PREA compliance while providing a sexually safe environment for all adults and juveniles in our care and custody. 


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