PREA – Prison Rape Elimination Act

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.

(Source: National Institute of Justice website 09.19.17)

2017 audit (PDF)
2017 audit response (PDF)
Signed 2016 notice (PDF)
2016 audit (PDF)

For reporting PREA incidents, one may call any of the following numbers:

PREA Hotline: 877-803-7577
Kentucky Department of Corrections: 502-564-7023
Supervising Probation and Parole Office: 502-896-1775
Community Transitional Services: 502-855-6500
Assistance for Victims of PREA Incidents: 844-237-2331

All reports are investigated. Anyone may file a report – identifying themselves or anonymously.

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