New hope for victims of prison sexual assault

Author: 
Mair,J.S.
Frattaroli,S.
Teret,S.P.
Notes: 
DA
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
602
End Page: 
606
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Journal of Law, Medicine Ethics
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
4
Abstract: 
Key Points-- The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 established a system to reduce sexual violence against inmates in federal, state, county, and municipal prisons. Abstract-- After a brief overview of prison rape, the authors explain and summarize the main components of the Act. The Act established a Review Panel on Prison Rape at the Department of Justice to conduct hearings on the characteristics of victims, perpetrators, and prisons with low and high incidences of rape. The Act also mandates funding for prevention and prosecution resources and annual trainings of local, state, and federal authorities. It required the Attorney General to publish national standards for addressing rape and other forms of sexual coercion within prisons. Accreditation organizations were required to establish accreditation standards consistent with federal standards in order to receive federal funds. In conclusion, the authors point out that 95% of those incarcerated will be released. Preventing and treating sexual violence among these prisoners will improve their chances for successful reintegration into their families and communities.
Topic Areas: 
Legal responses; prison rape
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
2355
Publication Date: 
2003