The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2003. This legislation requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to develop new national data collections on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence within correctional facilities.
The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center (NVJDC) and the Sheltercare Program of Northern Virginia are committed to a zero-tolerance standard for sexual assault. The NVJDC and Sheltercare will aggressively respond to, investigate, and support the prosecution of sexual misconduct in partnership with law enforcement and the courts.
PREA sets a standard that protects the Eighth Amendment right (Constitutional right prohibiting cruel or unusual punishment) of Federal, State, and local youth offenders. The goal of this law is to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities. It also increases nation-wide data on sexual misconduct and sexual assaults on confined persons. PREA increases accountability for administrators who fail in their efforts to prevent, detect and respond to sexual misconduct and sexual assaults.
“The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center will aggressively respond to, investigate, and support the prosecution of sexual misconduct in partnership with law enforcement and the courts.”
Johnitha R. McNair, Executive Director