The Consequences of Another Year Without PREA Standards
Please join us for an informational briefing about the problem of prisoner rape and the importance of promulgating national standards to end this abuse.
Speakers will provide first-hand accounts of their experiences as survivors of prisoner rape; insights into the challenges and successes of early adopters of the standards as recommended by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission; and information about the Department of Justice's recently-released national survey that, for the first time, provided an incidence rate of sexual abuse behind bars.
In 2003, Congress unanimously passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) to address the serious crisis of sexual violence in detention. According to the Department of Justice, approximately 217,000 inmates in the United States endure sexual abuse while behind bars in a one-year period -- that is, every day, almost 600 men, women, and children are victimized while in the government's custody.
One of PREA's key mandates was the development and promulgation of national standards by the Department of Justice for the prevention, detection, response, and monitoring of sexual abuse behind bars. On June 23, 2009, the bipartisan National Prison Rape Elimination Commission presented its recommended standards to the U.S. Attorney General. PREA required Attorney General Holder to promulgate binding standards within one year of receiving the Commission's recommendations, but he missed that deadline.
June 23 marks the second anniversary of the Commission's submission of its recommendations to the Attorney General -- and another year without national standards.
June 23, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.
Capitol Visitor Center
Lovisa Stannow, Executive Director, Just Detention International
Frank Mendoza, prisoner rape survivor
Jan and John Lastocy, prisoner rape survivor and survivor's spouse
Joe Shofner, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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