On August 20, 2012, the Department of Justice issued the final rule adopting national standards to prevent, detect, and respond to prison rape, as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA).
The Oregon Department of Corrections has a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings.
- The Bureau of Justice Statistics carries out, annually, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape.
The major provisions of the standards are: General prevention planning, supervision and monitoring, cross gender searches and viewing, training and education, screening, reporting, responsiveness planning, investigations, discipline, medical and mental health, grievances, and audits.
DOC continues its efforts to maintain safety for all inmates and others inside the facilities keeping PREA as a top priority.