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Protecting Youth in the Prison Rape Elimination Act National Standards

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Date Published
April 2011
117 pages
This report provides comments on the U.S. Department of Justice's draft regulations developed in response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
This report provides comments from key stakeholders on the draft regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Justice as mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The regulations were developed in accordance with the Act in order to improve the safety of children involved in the justice system. Comments are provided for each specific section of the draft regulations. The following concerns regarding key issues are discussed along with recommendations for improving the proposed regulations: appointment of PREA coordinators, required safe staffing levels, employee training, the definition of "sexual abuse," searches of transgender and intersex residents, housing decisions for transgender and intersex residents, limits on cross-gender viewing, victimization of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex) and gender nonconforming youth, sexual harassment, isolation, discipline, accommodations for youth with limited English proficiency, exhaustion of administrative remedies, audits, and youth in adult facilities.