PREA was signed into law on September 4, 2003 and is the first United States Federal Law that deals with sexual abuse of incarcerated persons. The standards that ensures PREA compliance were published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2012, and became effective on August 20, 2012.
- Federal PREA law, Public Law 108-79, codified as 42 USC 15601
- Federal Register, June 20, 2012, Vol. 77, "Final Rule of the PREA Standards, 28 CFR Part 115"
PREA covers all adult as well as juvenile facilities. PREA defines “prison” as any federal, state, or local confinement facility, including local jails, police lockups, juvenile facilities used for the custody or care of juvenile inmates, and state and federal prisons. Short-term lockups, such as holding facilities and local jails, regardless of size, are also subject to the provisions of PREA.
Information regarding PREA in adult corrections can be found on State of Delaware Department of Corrections Victim Services.
DYRS has a zero tolerance for any incidence of sexual activity with youth in our care. DYRS commits to full compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Any type of forced or unwanted sexual activity, touching or sexual harassment between youth, or any type of sexual activity or sexual harassment between staff and youth (including consensual) is criminal and prohibited. All institutional abuse allegations that involve children in our facilities are screened and independently investigated by the DSCYF Institutional Abuse unit. If the incident rises to a criminal level, it is referred to the Delaware State Police.
The Division policy that references PREA can be found at Policy 2.13.