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National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Report [and] NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse

Publication year: 2009

Library ID

  • 023812

Other Information

  • 2009
  • 608 pages.
This website provides access to the report and standards of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission.

These parts explain the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission’s (NPREC) “nine findings on the problems of sexual abuse in confinement and select policies and practices that must be mandatory everywhere to remedy these problems” and follow an Executive Summary: Part I. Understanding and Preventing Sexual Abuse -- A Problem that Must Be Solved, Leadership Matters, Unequal Risk for Vulnerability and Victimization, and Strengthening Oversight Inside and Out; Part II. Responding to Victims and Perpetrators -- Reporting, Investigation, and Punishment and Treating Trauma; and Part III. Special Populations -- When Children Are Involved, the Next Frontier of Community Corrections, and Immigrants in Detection (On the Margins).

The proposed standards are designed to “ensure validity for particular conditions of confinement…[and provide] a substantial and salutary effect on the safety of prisons, jails, lockups, immigration detention centers, juvenile detention facilities, and community correctional facilities.” The Attorney General is required to promulgate national standards within a year of receiving the Commission's standards for review.

There are four sets of standards: “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Adult Prisons and Jails, including Supplemental Standards for Facilities with Immigration Detainees"; “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Lockups”; “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Facilities”; and “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Community Corrections.”

Each standard is comprised of these sections: I. Prevention and Response Planning; II. Prevention -- Training and Education and Assessment and Placement of Residents; III. Detection and Response -- Reporting, Official Response Following a Resident Report, Investigations, Discipline, and Medical and Mental Health Care; IV. Monitoring -- Data Collection and Review and Audits; Appendixes -- Responsibilities of Forensic Medical Examiners, Training Topics and Procedures, Incident-Based Data Collection, and Standards Implementation Needs Assessment.