to RAPE in Confinement Settings
PREA stands for the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2003. The final regulatory standards to implement PREA went into effect August 20, 2012.
The department takes very seriously its PREA responsibilities in order to ensure public safety, secure correctional facilities and a safe environment for all offenders.
PREA is intended to address the detection, prevention, reduction, and prosecution of sexual harrassment and sexual assault in all correctional facilities in the country.
PREA applies to all confinement facilities in the state. The includes prisons, jails, police lock ups, juvenile facilities, immigration detention centers, court holding facilities, and community correction facilities (home monitoring, probation, parole, halfway houses).
Incidents of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and retaliation can be reported in writing by sending correspondence through mail to the OSIG Attn: PREA Coordinator, Office of State Inspector General, 555 Walnut St. 8th floor, Harrisburg PA 17101
All allegations of potentially identified criminal behavior shall be referred by the Security Office to the Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence (BII) or Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), who have the legal authority to conduct criminal investigations.