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Public Proceedings

Hearing: Special Topics In Preventing and Responding to Prison Rape: Medical and Mental Health Care, Community Corrections Settings, and Oversight
December 5 - 6, 2007


For a complete transcript of the Commission’s hearings in New Orleans, click the link below. Transcript segments for each panel can be downloaded by clicking the link next to the panel header. Individual statements submitted by hearing witnesses can be accessed by clicking on the witness name.

[Full Transcript]

December 5 | December 6

8:45 – 9:10 a.m. Opening Remarks [Transcript]

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Personal Accounts [Transcript]

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Response and Treatment: Caring for Sexual Assault Victims in Correctional and Detention Facilities [Transcript]

The provision of medical and mental health services to sexual assault victims is challenging in any situation, and especially so in correctional and detention settings. Panelists will discuss adequate and appropriate care to victims within facilities, and examples of programs and procedures that can help—or hamper – the functioning of systems of care.

11:45 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Confidentiality and Reporting: Medical Ethics, Victim Safety, and Facility Security [Transcript]

Victims of sexual assault need a safe and confidential way to seek medical and mental health services. Are there times when reporting obligations and institutional considerations can – or should – come before an individual victim’s needs? Panelists will discuss the tensions between preserving patient/provider confidentiality and trust, and ensuring the safe and secure functioning of correctional facilities; and ways that the tensions can be addressed.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Sexual Violence and Community Corrections: The Special Considerations of Community-based Settings [Transcript]

“Community corrections” includes a broad array of program types and levels of security and oversight. Involvement and contact with people and entities outside of the correctional system make preventing and responding to sexual violence particularly complicated. Panelists will discuss the unique concerns faced by community corrections professionals and the offenders in their care as they deal with the detection of and response to sexual violence.

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Best Practices and Emerging Trends: The Community Corrections Field’s Response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act [Transcript]

Since the enactment of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, many community corrections professionals have worked to identify, implement, and evaluate policies and procedures for reducing and responding to sexual violence. Panelists will discuss specific programs and general principles that show promise for preventing and responding to sexual violence in community corrections settings.

Hearing Location: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana 500 Poydras Street, Room C-501 New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

For questions or further information, please call Joya Taft-Dick at (202) 233-2246.


Since its creation, the Commission has undertaken a comprehensive legal and factual study of the penalogical, physical, mental, medical, social and economic impacts of prison sexual assaults