JDI IN THE NEWS - 2006

National Prison Rape Elimination Commission to Hold Public Hearing in Boston,US Newswire, May 30,2006

Experts and Victims to Discuss Devastating Effects of Prison Sexual Abuse and Possible Remedies

The Nation Prison Rape Elimination Commission will convene a public hearing on Thursday, June 1, at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, Mass. The focus of this hearing will be on the issues of sexual abuse of juveniles confined in detention and correctional facilities.

The Commission will examine Federal, State, and local juvenile authorities' efforts to remedy the problem. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, survivors of custodial sexual abuse, State and local detention and corrections professionals, and other experts, including United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and local prosecuting attorneys involving sexual assaults on confined juveniles, will testify.

In an effort to bring this problem to light, former juvenile victims of sexual molestation while confined will testify about their traumatic experiences. The hearing will help provide the Commission with information to be included in its report to the President, Congress, and Federal and State officials. It will also assist the Commission formulate recommended national protocols and standards for the prevention, detection, and punishment of prison rape.

WHO:

-- NPREC Commissioners

-- Senator Edward M. Kennedy

-- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, United States Department of Justice

-- Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice

-- American Correctional Association

-- Center for Children's Law & Policy

-- Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators

-- National Juvenile Detention Association

-- National Partnership for Juvenile Services

-- Stop Prisoner Rape

WHEN: June 1, at 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

One Courthouse Way

Boston, MA 02210

About NPREC:

The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission was created by Congress to prepare a comprehensive national report on inmate-on- inmate rape and staff sexual abuse in adult and juvenile detention and correctional facilities, including adult jails, prisons, immigration facilities, and to recommend national protocols and standards governing the prevention, investigation, and punishment of such abuse.

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Members of the media are encouraged to attend and cameras are welcome in the Courthouse for this event. For more details, to schedule an interview with a NPREC Commissioner or to RSVP for the Hearing, contact Dan Rene at 703-869-1146 or drene@impactstrategiesllc.com.

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Contact: Dan Rene, 202-347-1952 or drene@impactstrategiesllc.com