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DYS Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

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 the link below to view 2016 PREA Audit Reports Letter 

Additional Resources for The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) mandates a ZERO TOLERANCE toward all forms of sexual abuse and harassment.

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).

2016 Annual Report PREA Investigations

2015 Annual Report PREA Investigations

2014 Annual Report PREA Investigations

2013 Annual Report PREA Investigations

BJS Report Summary for January 2012 - December 2012

Second Round of Second DYS PREA Audit Cycle

2018 Audit Report - Westfield

2018 Audit Report - LIFE

2018 Audit Report - Goss Building

2018 Audit Report - Carbone Hall

2018 Audit Report - MYSC

2018 Audit Report - Zara Cisco

First Round of Second DYS PREA Audit Cycle 2017

2017 Audit Report - Allen Hall

2017 Audit Report - Bright Futures

2017 Audit Report - The Center for Human Development

2017 Audit Report - Gandara

2017 Audit Report - Harvard House

2017 Audit Report - Judge Connelly Youth Center

2017 Audit Report - Northeast Youth Service Center

2017 Audit Report - OCY Brockton Boys

2017 Audit Report - OCY Brockton Girls

2017 Audit Report - Our House

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

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

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