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Prison Rape Elimination Act

 
Regional Jail Authority – (PREA) Prison Rape Elimination Act
                                        The regional Jail Authority has a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse.  The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct.
 
PREA Overview
·         The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings.
·         The Regional Jail Authority has a zero-tolerance standard for incidents of sexual assault and rape and makes prevention of inmate sexual assault and rape a top priority. The Bureau of Justice Statistics carries out, annually, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape.
·         The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission has studied the impact of prison rape on Federal, State, and local governments and on communities and social institutions. Their recommended national standards for enhancing the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape have been submitted to the U.S. Attorney General.
·         Inmates who are currently being sexually assaulted are encouraged to talk to a staff member. This will allow for the quickest response. The Regional Jail Authority is in compliance with these standards and fully investigates each allegation of sexual abuse or harassment, regardless of source. Our Internal Affairs Team will investigate or refer appropriate cases to the WV state Police for criminal investigation.
 
How Does PREA Apply to Jails?
                                       PREA seeks to insure that jails and other correctional settings protect inmates from sexual assault, sexual harassment, "consensual sex" with employees, and inmate-inmate sexual assault. These violations affect security and staff safety, and pose long-term risks to inmates and staff inside jails, and to the public when victimized inmates are released into the community.
 
PREA Standards
·         Standard 115.22 - Referrals of allegations for investigations. Refer to RJA Document Number 3036A for information regarding investigations and referral of cases for criminal investigation.
·         Standard 115.54 - Reporting of PREA allegations by third parties. Refer to RJA Document Number 3036A for information regarding the reporting of PREA allegations by third parties.
·         Standard 115.88 -PREA Annual Report. The Regional Jail Authority will post annual reports on PREA incidents, response to the incidents and corrective actions taken. This section will display the reports.  
 
·         Standard 115.89- PREA aggregate date related to incidents: 
 
Regional Jail Authority Zero-tolerance for Sexual Abuse
                                      Sexual assault is NOT TOLERATED at any jail facility operated by the Regional Jail Authority. It is the policy of the Regional Jail Authority (RJA Document Number 3052) that sexual abuse by an employee, vendor, contracted agency, volunteer, inmate or other non-Department member with a business association with the Department, is prohibited. No individual, no matter his or her title or position has the authority to commit or allow sexual abuse.
REPORTING A SEXUAL ASSAULT
If you were the victim of a sexual assault while in the custody of the regional Jail Authority, any law enforcement agency, or if you know of an incident of sexual assault or abuse of a person in custody; you may report it to the regional Jail Authority by using the following:
Email:   RJAPREA@WV.GOV
Call:   (304) 256-6727 and ask for the PREA Coordinator
If requested, your anonymity will be protected. Please include the following in your email:
1.     Incident that occurred
2.     Who was the victim
3.     Who is the suspect
4.     Time and date of sexual abuse
Get Informed
For more information on the Prison Rape Elimination Act and national efforts to end custodial sexual violence, you can visit:
·         PREA Standards     http://www.prearesourcecenter.org/library/search?keys=&cat=4 
·         PREA Resource Center   http://www.prearesourcecenter.org
·         National Institute of Corrections   http://nicic.gov/
·         The Moss Group, Inc  http://www.mossgroup.us/ 
·         The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services  http://www.fris.org/CrisisCenters/WVCrisisCenters.html
 
The WV Regional Jail Authority has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse. If you have information from an inmate of alleged sexual abuse or sexual harassment, contact that facility’s Administrator immediately; or contact the WV Regional Jail Authority’s central office at (304) 558-2110.
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