Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Policy
It is the policy of the Highlands Juvenile Detention Center (HJDC) to fully comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 and the National Standards promulgated by the United States Department of Justice to prevent, detect and respond to prison rape under PREA and to provide a safe, humane and secure environment for all residents free of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
PREA is a federal law established to support the elimination and prevention of sexual assault and sexual misconduct in correctional systems, including juvenile facilities. PREA addresses both resident-to-resident sexual assault and staff-to-resident sexual assault. HJDC maintains a zero tolerance policy for resident-on-resident sexual assault, staff sexual misconduct and sexual harassment towards residents (115.311). Every allegation of sexual assault, misconduct and harassment is thoroughly investigated, and all reports of sexual assault are referred to the Bristol City Police Department for criminal investigation.
When a resident first enters our intake area a comprehensive educational process is started to provide initial and ongoing education explaining their rights to be free from sexual abuse and harassment. An assessment is conducted on all residents to determine their individual risk of victimization or predation using an objective measurement tool based on specific risk factors.
HJDC received no allegations of sexual assault, staff sexual misconduct or harassment toward residents in FY14, FY15, FY16, and FY 17 (115.389). Since PREA’s implementation in 2013, HJDC has had zero incidents.
To ensure that sexual misconduct is reported, HJDC has several ways for parents and third parties (such as staff members, family members, attorneys, and fellow residents or any other interested party) to report (115.322, 115.354). You may use the reporting method with which you are most comfortable.
1. Tell any staff member at HJDC. It is part of their job to report any allegation, ensure the resident’s safety, and maintain confidentiality.
2. Send a letter to the Executive Director, Director, or Staff Supervisor of HJDC.
3. Send a letter to the Department of Juvenile Justice or Child Protective Services.
4. Call the Executive Director, Director, or Staff Supervisor of HJDC.
5. Call the Department of Juvenile Justice or Child Protective Services.
Tim Dotson, Executive
Highlands Juvenile Detention Center