The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 was established to address sexual abuse and sexual harassment of persons confined to correctional facilities. The provisions of PREA include the development of standards for detection, prevention, reduction, and elimination of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement settings. The Act applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. Additional information regarding PREA is provided below:
Public Law 108-79
Standard §115.388, Data Review for Correction Action of PREA, requires that all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders review data collected on an annual basis in order to assess and enhance the effectiveness of its sexual abuse prevention, detection, response policies/procedures, education and training, while identifying problem areas and taking corrective action on an ongoing basis.
PREA Audit Reports
All confinement facilities covered under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards must be audited at least every three years to be considered compliant with the PREA standards, with one third of each facility type operated by an agency, or private organization on behalf of an agency, audited each year.
ADJC created a PREA Brochure to be provided to youth upon commitment to ADJC custody. The PREA brochure/leaflet is designed to help educate youth on how to identify abuse; to provide guidelines on how to stay safe; to inform on how to report abuse; and to provide guidance on what to do if abused.
Project Zero Tolerance
The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is committed to creating a safe environment and protecting youth against sexual victimization. ADJC has zero tolerance for sexual contact of any kind with juveniles, including sexual conduct, assault, contact and/or harassment, by youth, staff, contractors, volunteers or others. Our efforts include effective, reliable offender grievance systems, comprehensive prevention and awareness training for staff and youth on preventing sexual abuse, and extensive quality assurance reviews and vulnerability assessments. ADJC also screens youth to identify potential victims and perpetrators, ensures services are provided for the victims of such abuse, educates employees and youth, and assesses potential environmental factors.
In 2013, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections underwent a “facelift” in our Zero Tolerance Campaign through the creation of new posters, intended to be placed strategically throughout Adobe Mountain School, as part of our ongoing campaign against sexual abuse and sexual violence. In this way the iterations of our Zero Tolerance message remain “fresh” to the youth, while increasing their thoughtful awareness.
To highlight PREA Posters, an ADJC PREA Video was created to demonstrate how ADJC uses the posters to expand awareness of PREA at Adobe Mountain School and uses the posters as a tool for discussing ADJC’s zero-tolerance standard for sexual abuse and sexual harassment with youth in group settings.
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