The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003, after receiving a unanimous vote by Congress. There has been a push and pull over the approach to federal enforcement of standards mandated by PREA, and the content of those standards was at issue for years. However, the Department of Justice released its final Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape on May 17, 2012 and now the work of implementing those standards begins. In this blog post by NCCD's Michela Bowman, Co-Director of the PREA Resource Center (PRC), the passage of the final rule and NCCD's committment to the project is discussed along with the PRC's efforts over the past year.
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