About the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003
Congress enacted the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) to address the problem of sexual abuse of persons in the custody of U.S. correctional agencies. PREA calls for Federal, State, and local corrections systems to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding prison rape (as defined by PREA) in prisons, jails, police lock-ups, and other confinement facilities.
Highlights of PREA include:
- Requires development of standards for detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape.
- Standardizes collection and dissemination of information on the incidence of prison rape.
- Awards grants to help State and local governments implement the Act's provisions.
The Act applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders and to community-based correctional agencies.
 Content on this page was excerpted from the National Institute of Corrections Online Clearinghouse on PREA, (accessed December 21, 2006). See PREA, Public Law 108–79, Sept. 4, 2003 (pdf) .