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PREA - Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003
In 2003, the United States Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, with a primary goal in the prevention, detection and elimination of prison rape with in the United States Correctional Facilities.
For this to be accomplished the Congressional Committee on PREA established research teams, which went to numerous Correctional Facilities and conducted surveys by interviewing inmates and correctional staff. The information collected was reviewed, processed and developed into a set of Proposed National Standards for the prevention, detection and elimination of prison rape for United States Correctional Facilities to follow.
These proposed National Standards were sent the United States Attorney General for review, processing and final approval in June of 2009. Once received the United States Attorney General has 1 year to review and approve the Proposed National Standards
Once these Proposed National Standards are officially put in place all United States Correctional Facilities will have to adapt and conform to the National Standard in order to continue to receive Federal Funding on a yearly basis.
Part of the additional process was review and development of a set of National Standards for all correctional facilities to follow, in June of 2009 the commission for PREA finalized its Proposed National Standards which will effect all correctional facilities in the United States once approved by the United States Attorney General.
With these proposed standards just months away from being finalized and approved, the Hardee County Sheriff’s Detention Facility along with other Correctional Facilities are currently developing, re-writing and establishing policy and procedure to ensure compliance with these National Standards.
Several of these standards require that the Detention Facilities PREA information be made available to the public. The links to all public information concerning PREA for the Detention Facility is located in the column on the left of the page.