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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
On June 23, 2009, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission gave their proposed standards to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.  Mr. Holder is currently reviewing the proposal and holding listening sessions.  States will be notified when the standards are finalized and will then have one year to adopt them and be in compliance.

PREA Overview
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 Oregon Department of Corrections has a zero-tolerance standard for incidence of sexual assault and rape and makes prevention of inmate sexual assault and rape a top priority.
  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics carries out, annually, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape.
  • The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission has studied the impact of prison rape on Federal, State, and local governments and on communities and social institutions.  Their recommended national standards for enhancing the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape have been submitted to the U.S. Attorney General.