Prison Rape Elimination Act and the DYS Juvenile Setting
The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) mandates a ZERO TOLERANCE toward all forms of sexual abuse and harassment.
It is the policy of the Department of Youth Services to comply with the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (“PREA”) to protect its youth from all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. In accordance with PREA, DYS seeks to prevent, detect, and respond to allegations of such conduct. All allegations of sexual boundary violations, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or retaliation for reporting such conduct against youth by employees shall be considered a serious incident, investigated and may subject employees to appropriate discipline in accordance with these procedures.
Federal legislation passed in 2012 which requires states to come into compliance with a comprehensive set of standards focused on safety from sexual assault for all people confined in correctional settings. This legislation includes youth confined in both staff secure and hardware secure residential programs. In 2014, DYS completed its first round of PREA audits and achieved the highest rating of “compliance” in all programs reviewed. The 2014 PREA audit was the first of a three series process where 1/3 of our programs will be audited each year from now through August 2016.
The Department of Youth Services completed its second round of PREA audits July 2015. In 2016, the Department of Youth Services completed its third round of PREA audits.
The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services is proud to share that the final Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audit reports were completed in July 2016, and findings by a certified PREA Auditor, who also serves a Correctional Consultant for the US Department of Justice, are available on this webpage.
The PREA auditor concluded this about DYS in the final 3-year summary audit report letter:
“Department of Youth Services’ commitment to the implementation of the PREA standards and PREA compliance across the full spectrum of service providers (state operated programs and contract vendor providers) is second to none. Massachusetts has created a seamless and coordinated implementation of the PREA standards across its ENTIRE juvenile justice.
I do not believe there is any other state that can claim the entire juvenile justice system (intake, detention, residential treatment, aftercare and privately operated programs) in their state is in full compliance with PREA. In my professional opinion, youth involved in the Massachusetts juvenile justice system are some of the safest youth in the country in terms of protection from sexual violence.”
Click to view the complete PREA Audit Results Letter 2016 .
Third Round of DYS PREA Reports:
- 2016 PREA Audit – Adira
- 2016 PREA Audit – Alliance House
- 2016 PREA Audit – Amesbury Assessment
- 2016 PREA Audit – Brewster
- 2016 PREA Audit – Central Region ALP
- 2016 PREA Audit – CHD CATP and ALP
- 2016 PREA Audit – Douglas Academy
- 2016 PREA Audit – Fall River LEAD
- 2016 PREA Audit – Grafton Campus (GGP and REACH)
- 2016 PREA Audit – Lakeside
- 2016 PREA Audit – Leahy Center
- 2016 PREA Audit – Merrimack RP
- 2016 PREA Audit – New River Academy
- 2016 PREA Audit – Rayne
- 2016 PREA Audit – SEIL
- 2016 PREA Audit – South Hadley Girls
- 2016 PREA Audit – STRIVE
- 2016 PREA Audit – Teamworks
- 2016 PREA Audit – Windsor Academy
Second Round of DYS PREA Reports:
- 2015 PREA Audit Carbone
- 2015 PREA Audit Chelmsford Cares
- 2015 PREA Audit Goss
- 2015 PREA Audit Life Program
- 2015 PREA Audit Metro
- 2015 PREA Audit NEALP
- 2015 PREA Audit Sharp
- 2015 PREA Audit Westfield
- 2015 PREA Audit Zara Cisco
First Round of DYS PREA Reports:
- 2014 PREA Audit Allen Hall
- 2014 PREA Audit Alternative Options
- 2014 PREA Audit Bright Futures
- 2014 PREA Audit Casa Isla
- 2014 PREA Audit Center for Human Development
- 2014 PREA Audit Harvard House
- 2014 PREA Audit Judge Connelly
- 2014 PREA Audit OCY Brockton Boys
- 2014 PREA Audit OCY Brockton Girls
- 2014 PREA Audit Our House
PREA Annual Reports
These reports summarize the most recent findings of the Survey of Sexual Violence, State Juvenile Systems Summary Form as submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
- 2014 Annual Report PREA Investigations
- 2013 Annual Report PREA Investigations
- BJS Report Summary for January 2012-December 2012
This information is provided by the Department of Youth Services.