Prison Rape Elimination Act - PREA (US)

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In 2003, the first ever federal law, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), was introduced to address the problem of rape and sexual abuse behind bars. Every institution must have guidelines in place for the prevention and reduction of these acts, the protection of inmates, and the punishment of inmates who commit sexual offenses while in prison.

This course details the history of PREA of 2003 as well as the requirements institutions must follow to remain compliant. Course participants will learn how sexual abuse occurs, what personality and gender types are most vulnerable, the standardized definitions to properly collect data, and the after effects of prison rape. Also addressed will be staff/inmate relations and how these can cross the line into harassment or misconduct.

Every law enforcement officer must be familiar with PREA rules and procedures and follow them to prevent sexual abuse in prison systems.

Course Syllabus

  • Module 1 - Prison Rape Elimination Act - PREA

    • What is PREA?
    • Effects of Prision Rape
    • History of PREA
    • Sexual Assault in Prison
    • Module Assessment