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PREA - Prison Rape Elimination Act
The PREA Act is federal law that was signed on September 4, 2003, and applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities and community correctional settings; includes adult and juvenile, male and female facilities. 
The Act supports preventing sexual assault and rape within corrections systems.   It mandates national data collection efforts, provides funding for program development and research, and creates a national commission to develop standards and accountability measures.
The OYA's goal is zero sexual assaults. Compliance with PREA is part of the OYA’s continuous effort to keep youth safe while committed to the OYA.  OYA is implementing PREA by:
  • Aggressively responding to, investigating, and supporting the prosecution of sexual misconduct in OYA’s facilities, in partnership with law enforcement and the courts.
  • Continually educating staff and offenders to increase awareness of safe reporting mechanisms and available services to victims, thereby creating facility cultures that discourage sexual aggression and misconduct.
  • Identifying opportunities to separate and carefully monitor both sexually aggressive and vulnerable offenders to reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct.  This will be accomplished through assessment, room assignment, and improvements to facility architecture where feasible.
  • Establishing data collection systems to accurately track sexual misconduct, analyze any incidents, and annually incorporate "lessons learned" into improved operations and services to meet OYA's goal of no sexual assaults.



PREA Audit Findings


For more information on PREA go to  http://www.prearesourcecenter.org/

PREA Coordinator
Professional Standards Office

OYA Policy

Preventing, Detecting, Responding to, Offender Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment:  I-A-10.0 

National PREA Resource Workgroup (NPR-WORK)

The Oregon Youth Authority is proud to be the host of the National PREA Resource Workgroup's resource site.

NPR-WORK is comprised of states collaborating and sharing PREA resources, questions, materials and links.  The material is from many programs, states and facilities, and is available in its original form. 

OYA's Professional Standards Office

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