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The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is federal legislation (Public Law No. 108-79), enacted in 2003 to provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in federal, state and local institutions, and to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding, to protect individuals from prison rape.
The department has zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and is committed to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct. If you would like to report a PREA allegation please contact us.
The department shall embrace the standards set forth by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and the American Correction Association for all state correctional jurisdictions.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act:
Makes incidences of sexual abuse a top priority for our department
Establishes national standards for detection, prevention, response, and reduction of inmate sexual assaults
Increases data to improve management of incidences
Increases accountability of prison officials
Works to provide mental health counseling and medical healthcare to victims
Specially trained nurses from the Rape Crisis Center at the Boston Beth Israel Hospital are available to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims.
We treat every investigation of sexual abuse by staff or other inmates in a confidential and professional manner. Every member of our department attends PREA awareness training. We will discipline and prosecute those who sexually abuse inmates. Gender, sexual preference, or gender identity is never a factor in our investigations.
Break the Silence of Abuse - Male
Breaking the Silence of Abuse - Male (Spanish)
Family Info Poster
Family Info Poster (Spanish)
PREA Statistics Poster
PREA Statistics Poster (Spanish)
Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards
Sexually Abusive Behavior Prevention and Intervention Policy
Sexual Assault Brochure
Sexual Assault Brochure (Spanish)
Massachusetts Department of Correction - Annual PREA Report - 2016
Massachusetts Department of Correction - Annual PREA Report - 2015
Massachusetts Department of Correction - Annual PREA Report - 2014
Massachusetts Department of Correction - Annual PREA Report - 2013
Massachusetts Treatment Center - March 2017
MCI-Cedar Junction - March 2017
Old Colony Correctional Center - March 2017
Pondville Correctional Center - 2017
PREA Audit Summary Report - Boston Pre-Release Center
PREA Audit Summary Report - Gardner
PREA Audit Summary Report - Massachusetts Treatment Center
PREA Audit Summary Report - MCI - Cedar Junction
PREA Audit Summary Report – MCI-Concord
PREA Audit Summary Report – MCI-Framingham
PREA Audit Summary Report - MCI - Norfolk
PREA Audit Summary Report - MCI - Plymouth
PREA Audit Summary Report - MCI - Shirley
PREA Audit Summary Report - NECC - West Concord
PREA Audit Summary Report - Old Colony Correctional Center
PREA Audit Summary Report - Pondville Correctional Center
PREA Audit Summary Report - SBCC - Shirley
PREA Audit Summary Report - S. Middlesex Correctional Center
Video Credit: Georgia Department of Correction Youtube Channel and the National Institute of Corrections.