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The Prison Rape Elimination Act at the New Jersey Department of Corrections

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 NJ Department of Corrections (NJDOC) is responsible for protecting the rights of inmates placed under the Department’s custody and supervision.  The Department has established a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and acts to prevent, detect and respond to all allegations and incidents of sexual misconduct.  

All NJDOC employees, volunteers and contractors receive training on their duties and responsibilities under the Department’s zero-tolerance policy and are informed that they are required to immediately report any incident or allegation of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. 

The NJDOC investigates all allegations of offender–on–offender and staff–on–offender sexual misconduct. You can report sexual misconduct in multiple ways:

Contact the PREA Compliance Manager at any of the NJDOC facilities
Contact Special Investigations Division at 609-826-5617
Call the Special Investigations Division Tip Line at 609-530-2500
Call the Office of the Corrections Ombudsman at 609-633-2596

Annual Report: Each year the NJDOC will publish an annual report regarding PREA–related incidents along with plans to improve prevention, detection, and investigation activities.  The Department’s report for 2012 and 2013 can be found at:

NJDOC Rate of Sexual Abuse 2012 & 2013

PREA Audit Reports 2014:
       Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility
       Central Reception & Assignment Facility
       Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
       Garden State Correctional Facility
       Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility
       Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center
       East Jersey State Prison
       Southern State Correctional Facility
       South Woods State Prison

Resources:

 
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