On September 4, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 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 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 standard that governs external audits provides that the first audit cycle begins on August 20, 2013, and, to be in compliance, that jurisdictions must have at least one third of their facilities audited within the subsequent 12-month period ending August 20, 2014. The DOCR is committed to PREA compliance while providing a sexually safe environment for all adults and juveniles in our care and custody. The results of these audits will be posted on this website.