Learn about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act provides analysis for sexual assault incidences in federal, state, and local prisons. The act also provides resources and funding to protect victims from prison rape and sexual assault.

Prison Rape Elimination Act

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. 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.

Informational Documents

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)

 

Audit Documents

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 

 

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