State PREA Submissions

What Is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush. The purpose of the act is 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). Additional PREA information can be found here.

Purpose Of This Site

Signed into law on December 16, 2016, the PREA Amendment under the Justice For All Reauthorization Act (JFARA) of 2016 includes a number of important changes to the PREA Statute, including the requirement for the Attorney General to request that governors send all final PREA audit reports for confinement facilities that are under the operational control of their states' and territories’ executive branch to the Department of Justice.

JFARA also requires the Attorney General make the final PREA audit reports for confinement facilities under the operational control of states' and territories' executive branch available on a website, and to update this website annually. This website is designed to comply with this JFARA requirement. For more information about JFARA’s other requirements, please click here.

How To View A Report

This site is organized by PREA Audit Cycles and PREA Audit Years. Per the PREA Standards, the first year of the initial three year PREA Audit Cycle began on August 20, 2013. The last day of the third Audit Year of the initial Audit Cycle was August 19, 2016. The first year of the second three year PREA Audit Cycle began on August 20, 2016 and concludes on August 19, 2017.

This site lists every confinement facility identified by the nation’s state and territorial governors that is under their operational control, and is designed so that visitors can determine if and when during each three year PREA Audit Cycle a given facility was audited. Visitors to this site can link directly to final PREA audit reports for facilities that are under governors’ operational control and have received a PREA audit. PREA Standards 115.401(a) and 115.401(b) require agencies to audit all facilities at least once every three years, and to audit one-third of each facility type covered by the Standards (prisons and jails, community confinement facilities, lockups, and juvenile facilities) every year.

For more information about PREA and the contents on this website, please see these FAQs.

Accessing Reports Not On This Site

This website links only to final PREA audit reports for confinement facilities that are identified by state and territorial governors as under their operational control. Examples of facilities with one or more audit reports on this website include prisons operated by state or territorial correctional departments, and juvenile facilities operated by state or territorial juvenile correctional departments.

Visitors to this website who are interested in a final PREA audit report of a facility that is not included on this site—or that is not under a governor’s operational control—are encouraged to contact, or visit the website of, the agency that oversees the facility. PREA Standard 115.403(f) states, “The agency shall ensure that the auditor’s final report is published on the agency’s website if it has one, or is otherwise made readily available to the public.”

For more information about PREA and the contents on this website, please see these FAQs.

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The governor submitted a certification to the U.S. Department of Justice that the state or territory had adopted, and was in full compliance with, the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape.

Assurance (for Cycle Year 1-2, Audit Year 1): The governor submitted an assurance to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that not less than 5 percent of certain DOJ grant funds would be used solely for the purpose of enabling the state or territory to achieve and certify full compliance with the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape in future years.

Assurance (Cycle Year 3, Audit Year 1 and beyond): The governor submitted an assurance to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that not less than 5 percent of certain DOJ grant funds would be either (1) used solely for the purpose of enabling the state or territory to achieve and certify full compliance with the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape in future years, or (2) held in abeyance by DOJ pending disposition consistent with the statute.

The governor was not able to certify to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the state or territory was in full compliance with the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape and elected not to submit an assurance to DOJ; therefore, the state or territory was subjected to the loss of five percent of certain DOJ grant funds that it would have otherwise received.

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