PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act

PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, was passed by Congress in 2003. The standards for PREA become effective August 20, 2012. PREA supports the elimination, reduction, and prevention of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within corrections systems.

PREA establishes a zero-tolerance standard for the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement settings in the United States. PREA makes the prevention of sexual abuse a top priority in each correctional system. PREA develops and implements national standards for the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape. PREA increases the accountability of corrections officials who fail to detect, prevent, reduce, and punish prison rape. PREA requires the collection of statistical data regarding the prevalence of sexual abuse in facilities.

Any information regarding sexual abuse occurring within the Ocean County Department of Corrections can be reported to the Ocean County Department of Corrections Internal Affairs Bureau at (732)929-2043 ext. 4702 or by email 
Upon request, our previous year’s End of the Year Report regarding sexual abuse and sexual harassment, is available. Please contact Detective Sergeant Matthew Pedone at (732)929-2043 ext. 4702 or by email 

The full Ocean County Department of Corrections policy on PREA is available upon request. Please send your request to jhaberbush@co.ocean.nj.us