The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. The final standards became effective June 20, 2012, when they were published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Federal Register. More recently, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released final standards for DHS confinement facilities, effective May 6, 2014.
CCA has an Agency PREA Coordinator who is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight essential to demonstrate compliance with the National PREA Standards. CCA also has a PREA Compliance Manager at each facility.
The full text of the standards can be found at www.PREAResourceCenter.org.
Protecting Those in Our Care
As stated in our Human Rights Policy statement, CCA recognizes the inherent dignity of the human person and the need to treat every individual with respect. Part of treating our inmates and detainees with respect is giving them a safe place to live. We believe in safeguarding their rights, including protecting them from being subjected to personal abuse/injury and harassment.
To learn more about CCA's efforts to protect inmate and detainee rights, click here to be directed to our page under Social Responsibility.
Zero Tolerance Policy
In compliance with Section 115.11 of the PREA regulation, CCA has established a Zero Tolerance Policy against all forms of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment. CCA has outlined an aggressive plan specifying the efforts we undertake to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to all allegations of conduct that falls into either category.
This plan is articulated in CCA's Policy 14-2, Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response, which is available here.
Staff and Inmate/Detainee Training and Education
CCA has designed a comprehensive training plan for all staff that complies with the content of Section 115.31 of the regulation. The standard requires that this training be refreshed every two years, however, as a part of our commitment to eliminating sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facilities, CCA has opted to ensure this training is provided annually.
All inmates received at a CCA facility beginning at initial reception, will receive education and training on the requirements of PREA. This training has a particular focus on CCA's Zero Tolerance Policy, the right to be free from Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse, directions on how to report allegations of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment, and their right to be free from retaliation for reporting incidents.
Reporting Allegations of Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment
Anyone can report an allegation or suspected incident of sexual abuse or sexual harassment; including inmates, staff, or third parties. This can include allegations that may have occurred at another correctional facility. At a CCA facility, there are multiple options to file a report; including, but not limited to:
- Contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
- Send a letter to the warden of the facility at the address provided on our facility profiles.
- Inmates may notify any staff member either verbally or in writing or they may call the PREA hotline numbers posted at their facilities.
- Staff may report allegations via their chain of command or anonymously through the employee hotline numbers provided.
- Contact the CCA's Ethics and Compliance Helpline at 1-866-757-4448 or online.
It is not required that any personal information be provided. However, the more information that can be provided regarding dates, times, locations, witnesses, and as much detail about the alleged incident as is known serves to assist staff and law enforcement in their efforts to successfully conduct the investigations.
All allegations of sexual conduct shall be promptly, thoroughly, and objectively investigated. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, each allegation will be classified as Substantiated, Unsubstantiated, or Unfounded. Allegations of Sexual Abuse will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and potential prosecution. All substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment will result in the appropriate disciplinary actions taken against the Employee, Contractor, Volunteer, or Inmate, and where appropriate referral for prosecution.
Facility Investigators have all received specialized training regarding how to conduct investigations of sexual abuse in the correctional setting. Criminal allegations are generally referred via agreement to Local Law Enforcement Agencies or Investigating bodies under the authority of the Contracting Agency.
Questions or inquiries can be forwarded to:
Lisa Hollingsworth, Senior Director — PREA
Corrections Corporation of America
10 Burton Hills Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37215
- CCA Facility PREA Information
- CCA Policy 14-2
- CCA Policy 14-2 (for family residential centers)
- CCA Policy 14-2 (for community corrections centers)
- CCA Policy 14-2 (for ICE/DHS facilities)
- PREA Final Standards
- Community Confinement Standards
- Dept. of Homeland Security Final Standards
- CCA 2015 PREA Report
- CCA 2014 PREA Report
- CCA 2013 PREA Report