DHS Announces Finalization of Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards [February 28, 2014] [open pdf - 155KB]
On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued the following press release: "Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regulations to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities, meeting a May 2012 Presidential Directive. PREA was enacted in 2003 with strong bipartisan support. Today's announcement finalizes a rule first proposed last year and follows an extensive public comment period. The rule builds on current DHS detention policies and practices, including Performance Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS) and a May 2012 Directive on 'Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention' issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 'DHS is committed to upholding a culture that promotes safety and refuses to tolerate abuse,' said Secretary Jeh Johnson. 'This rule will strengthen standards in DHS confinement facilities and ensure robust oversight.'"
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/