Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). In addition to creating a mandate for significant research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and through the National Institute of Justice, funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections supported major efforts in many state correctional, juvenile detention, community corrections, and jail systems.

The act also created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing draft standards for the elimination of prison rape. Those standards were published in June 2009, and were turned over to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule. That final rule became effective August 20, 2012.


Survey of Sexual Victimization 154.6KB
PREA Investigation Referral 71.2KB
PREA Definitions and Zero Tolerance Policy 123.3KB
2014 PREA Audit Report 218.4KB
2015 PREA Annual Report 46.1KB
2016 PREA Annual Report 46.0KB
2017 PREA Annual Report 46.0KB
2018 PREA Audit Report 219.8KB
2018 PREA Annual Report 67.3KB
2019 PREA Annual Report 43.2KB
2020 PREA Annual Report 43.0KB
2021 PREA Audit Report 266.6KB

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If you believe that someone in the Lorain/Medina CBCF has been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual abuse, please use the following contacts to help us address the issue.  You may report anonymously. 

Lorain County Rape Crisis


440-281-9708 x1226


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