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PREA Resources and Information

Learn about the PREA Standards:

PREA was enacted with the guiding principle, "rape is not part of the punishment." Enacted in 2003 with strong bipartisan support under President George W. Bush, the final standards passed in 2012. The federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) established a “zero-tolerance” policy for sexual assault and rape in correctional facilities. 


The PREA standards require correctional facilities to attempt to provide victim-inmates with services and support from rape crisis centers. You can view the standards most relevant to advocates below, and access links to the full PREA statute and other related legal documents. You can find other useful information and training tools by visiting The PREA Resource Center.

Key PREA Standards for Victim Advocates

  • 115.21: Evidence protocol and forensic medical examinations: Agencies must facilitate inmate accompaniment by a victim advocate, where possible. Standard 115.21 

  • 115.53: Inmate access to outside confidential services: Agencies must attempt to enter into MOUs with outside victim advocates; provide inmates with phone and mail access to a rape crisis center and/or other victim advocates. Standard 115.53 

Other Relevant PREA Standards

  • 115.51: Inmate reporting: Inmates must have multiple internal ways to report sexual abuse or sexual harassment and at least one option to report externally to a public or private entity or office not affiliated to the correctional agency. Standard 115.51

  • 115.82 Access to emergency medical and mental health services: Agencies must provide timely, unimpeded access to crisis intervention services. Standard 115.82

  • 115.83 Ongoing medical and mental health care for sexual abuse victims and abusers: Agencies must provide victimized inmates follow-up services, treatment plans, and referrals for continued care. Standard 115.83

Additional links:

Upcoming webinars and events:

Just Detention Internation Webinar: Mapping It Out

November 16, 2017

Join the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) and Just Detention International (JDI) for an informative new webinar, “Mapping It Out: Providing Victim Services for Incarcerated Survivors.” We will answer victim advocates’ most pressing questions about how to help prisoners who have experienced sexual abuse — either during their incarceration or at some other point in their lives. The webinar will cover how to launch a program to serve incarcerated survivors, giving tips on how to negotiate agreements with corrections facilities, what types of services you might consider offering, and how to maintain client confidentiality in a detention setting. “Mapping It Out” will introduce a written guide to help advocates who are new to working with survivors behind bars. The webinar will feature speakers from RSP and JDI, as well as an advocate from a rural rape crisis program that provides services to inmates in a local corrections facility. We will allow ample time to take your questions, and will point you to additional resources and opportunities for technical assistance.

No Bad Victims Webinar 2: Detention and the Culture of Corrections. 

November 21, 2017

Please join Katie at 10:00 AM for Module 2 of No Bad Victims: Detention and the Culture of Corrections. 

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Images: Just Detention International. Resources. accessed October 2017.


PREA Resource Page, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Accessed October 2017. 


Prea Resource Center. Accessed October 2017.


This project was supported by Grant no. 2015-WR-AX-0011 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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