Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security
Since the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; Public Law 108-79), an annual statistic review is conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to provide transparency and reform against sexual violence in correctional facilities.
According to the BJS website, the review must include: “the identification of the common characteristics of both victims and perpetrators of prison rape; and prisons and prison systems with a high incidence of prison rape.”
“PREA applies to all correctional facilities, including prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, military and Indian country facilities, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities.”
The BJS created the National Prison Rape Statistics Program (NPRSP) to conduct four data collection points: “the Survey of Sexual Violence (SSV), the National Inmate Survey (NIS), the National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), and the National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS).”
Any sexual contact whatsoever between an inmate and a corrections officer is illegal.