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Prison Rape Elimination Act

 

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law in 2003. The purpose of PREA is to prevent, detect and respond to all occurrences and allegations of sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement. PREA calls for all prisons, jails, community confinement facilities and lock-ups to comply with national standards to eliminate all forms of sexual abuse in detention. The federal PREA standards became effective August 20, 2012. More information about PREA can be found at www.prearesourcecenter.org.

 

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services PREA Program

NDCS is committed to a zero tolerance standard for incidents of sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment committed against inmates by other inmates or by staff, volunteers or contractors. Prevention of all forms of sexual abuse is a top priority.

NDCS has designated a PREA Coordinator to oversee, coordinate and monitor the development and implementation of the PREA program. NDCS falls under two sets of standards: Adult Prisons/Jails and Community Confinement. Every facility has a designated PREA Compliance Manager, responsible for overseeing PREA implementation in his/her facility. Each facility will undergo a PREA audit once every three years, conducted by an Auditor certified by the Department of Justice.

 

How to Report Incidents of Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment

  1. Call the PREA reporting hotline: 855-623-7360
  2. Submit a PREA Incident Reporting Form:  PREA Incident Reporting Form

 

PREA Investigations

All PREA allegations are reviewed and assigned for investigation. NDCS has staff throughout the Department who have received specialized training to conduct investigations regarding allegations of sexual abuse and harassment in confinement.

The Department has two full-time investigators who are law enforcement certified; these staff have received specialized training to conduct investigations regarding sexual assault in confinement. The Department also works closely with the Nebraska State Patrol in investigating criminal allegations and incidents.

The outcomes of PREA investigations are as follows:

  • Substantiated: The allegation was investigated and determined to have occurred
  • Unsubstantiated: The allegation was investigated and there was insufficient evidence to make a final determination as to whether or not the event occurred
  • Unfounded: The allegation was investigated and determined not to have occurred

 

NDCS PREA Data

 

NDCS Annual Assessment

NDCS Facility Audit Reports

 

Nebraska Prison Sexual Assault Hotline

Inmates who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse can access confidential advocacy services by anonymously calling the Nebraska Prison Sexual Assault Hotline by dialing 07# with the PIN 333-333-333. Inmates can also write confidentially to the Prison Advocacy Coordinator at: 245 S. 84th St., Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68510. Confidential advocacy services include emotional support, information, safety planning and coping strategies.

Concerned friends, family and significant others can also contact the Prison Advocacy Coordinator for information and confidential support. To reach the Prison Advocacy Coordinator, call 402-476-6256 or email marlas@nebraskacoalition.org.