The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into Federal law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. It was created to address the problem of sexual misconduct in all confinement facilities. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice released national PREA standards to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities. The Act requires all federal, state, and local corrections agencies to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding prisons, jails, police lock-ups, and community confinement facilities.
Urban Renewal Corp. has a zero-tolerance policy relative to sexual misconduct. All facilities/programs comply with federal and respective state laws as they pertain to PREA, sexual violence and sexual misconduct.
• Substantiated – A substantiated allegation means an allegation that was investigated and determined to have occurred.
• Unsubstantiated – An unsubstantiated allegation means an allegation that was investigated and the investigation produced insufficient evidence to make a final determination as to whether or not the event occurred.
• Unfounded – An unfounded allegation means an allegation that was investigated and determined not to have occurred.
Since 2013, when the final PREA standards came into effect, Urban Renewal Corp. made multiple revisions to corporate and facility policies to better guide our employees, volunteers, vendors and residents with regard to incidents of sexual abuse and harassment. We have designated a PREA Coordinator to ensure compliance with the PREA standards across all facilities/programs, and have integrated PREA into our Health and Safety Committee.
There is a system in place to collect data on incidents of a sexual nature in both of Urban Renewal’s facilities. Each program collects data for every allegation of sexual abuse under its direct control using a standardized form and the PREA Coordinator aggregates that data annually. This data collection began January 1, 2014 and the 2014 report reflects January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.
Resident on Resident Nonconsensual Sexual Acts
Resident on Resident Abusive Sexual Contacts
Staff on Resident Sexual Misconduct and Harassment
There were ( 0 ) unsubstantiated, ( 0 ) unfounded, and ( 0 ) substantiated allegations of sexual abuse at both of Urban Renewal’s facilities during the reporting period.
A PREA Coordinator was designated to serve as the upper – level individual that develops, implements, and oversees company efforts to comply with PREA standards in all of our facilities. Audits of Urban Renewal Corp. facilities governed by PREA standards began in 2014 and will continue in 2015.