What is PREA?

In September 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed unanimously by both Houses of Congress. It was then signed into law by President George W. Bush. The purpose of the act was to provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in federal, state, and local institutions. It is meant to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape. The act created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. This commission was charged with developing draft standards for the elimination of prison rape. The draft standards were submitted to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule. The final rule, 28 C.F.R. Part §115 became effective in August 2012.

For more information about PREA within the Juvenile Justice Center, check the Juvenile PREA Information page.

For more information about PREA in facilities that are contracted with Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center, check the Contract Facilities PREA information page.

For more information about PREA in general, please use the links listed below.

  • National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
  • National Institute of Corrections
  • National Council on Crime and Delinquency / Children's research Center
  • National PREA Resource Center
  • National Youth Gang Center
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • TJJD Abuse and Neglect Hotline Information
  • PREA Ombudsman website