SPR Urges Congress to Increase PREA Funding
Los Angeles, May 16, 2007 – Stop
Prisoner Rape (SPR) and numerous other advocacy groups are
urging the Congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice
and Science to allocate $35 million in 2008 for the
implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
“Many correctional systems have made
progress in their efforts to stop prisoner rape,” said Kathy
Hall-Martinez, SPR’s Co-Executive Director. “But a lot of
important work remains to be done. If Congress fails to fund
PREA adequately, it sends a signal that it is not serious
about making the law’s zero-tolerance standard a reality.”
When PREA was passed in 2003, Congress
authorized annual funding of $60 million per year through
2010 for efforts to implement the law. After allocating $35
million in 2004 and in 2005, Congress decreased its funding
in 2006 and 2007 to $18 million per year. PREA’s
Congressional co-sponsors in the House and Senate have
requested $25 million for 2008.
For more information about prisoner rape, visit
www.spr.org, or call Amber
Durfield at 213-384-1400, x 102.