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#338697 - 08/20/10 02:11 PM Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
James Landrith Offline


Registered: 07/07/08
Posts: 40
Loc: Alexandria, VA, USA
Through my publication (The Multiracial Activist) I was recently involved with a coalition effort to get the U.S. government to move forward with the standards created by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. Survivor advocacy groups like RAINN and Just Detention International were also co-signers. As Just Detention International (http://www.justdetention.org/) says (paraphrased from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Farmer v. Brennan), "rape should not be part of the penalty."

Information on PREA can be found here Our recent advocacy letter can be found below and at the following links:

http://jameslandrith.com/content/view/3664/40/

http://www.justicefellowship.org/coalition-letter

The following letter was delivered to United States Attorney General Eric Holder on August 2, 2010, urging the adoption of standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003. Prison Fellowship Vice President Pat Nolan played a key role in the crafting and passage of PREA, and was instrumental in building the disparate coalition of activists listed below as signatories. To compose your own letter of support of the PREA standards to Attorney General Holder, click here.


August 2, 2010

The Honorable Eric Holder
Attorney General, United States of America
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001


Dear Attorney General Holder,

We represent a broad array of religious, political, human rights, and civil rights groups united in our dedication to stopping rape in our prisons. Many of us were part of the extraordinarily diverse coalition of organizations and citizens that helped develop the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), and worked to secure its unanimous passage in 2003.

At this moment, standards to eradicate sexual assault in prisons await your approval. We urge you to make a priority of completing your review and adopt the standards as swiftly as possible.

The magnitude of sexual abuse in our prisons is appalling. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that more than 60,000 prisoners, one of every twenty inmates, were sexually assaulted during the previous year. The scandal is even worse at juvenile institutions, where one in eight juvenile detainees were victims of sexual assault during a 12-month period. It is an abomination that the government does not protect individuals in its custody from sexual violence. Being raped in prison is devastating physically and emotionally for victims, and the negative consequences continue long after they finish their sentences and return to the community. For each day that the standards are delayed, more men and women - and, yes, boys and girls - will be raped.

PREA established a Commission to assess the problem and find solutions. The Commission was tasked with developing standards to guide corrections leaders in effective ways to prevent prison rapes, and to hold those officials accountable for achieving results.

Last year the Commission released its proposed standards after conducting a comprehensive study of the issues surrounding prison rape. It reviewed existing research, held site visits and public hearings across the country, formed expert committees, and consulted with corrections practitioners, academics, survivors of sexual abuse in detention and their advocates, legal experts, and health care providers. The Commission consulted with the nationís leading corrections experts at every step of this thorough and responsible review. The Commission distilled what it learned from this exhaustive process into the proposed standards.

Those standards will provide an important guide for corrections professionals to eliminate sexual abuse in their facilities and to measure the effectiveness of their efforts. The standards will also help hold corrections officials accountable. Such accountability is vitally important; it will help reform-minded officials identify their facilitiesí strengths and weaknesses, while ensuring that those who still deny the high incidence of sexual abuse of inmates no longer are able to minimize the problem.

While many corrections leaders strongly support the standards, some officials have exaggerated the cost of implementing these basic measures. These officials ignore the fact that California and Oregon, both cash-strapped states with budget crises, have begun to implement the standards without substantial additional costs. More important, they ignore the huge costs of failing to address prisoner rape. For example, one state prison system recently paid $100 million, after more than ten years of expensive litigation, to settle law suits by women who were abused by staff at a womenís facility. Implementation of the Commissionís recommendations will be cost-effective and will help corrections agencies meet their legal duty to protect inmates who have been placed in their care.

We recognize that sexual abuse in detention is an issue of tremendous concern to you and the Department of Justice. We strongly endorse the proposed standards, and respectfully ask you to make them binding at the earliest date possible.

Sincerely,

Pat Nolan
Vice President
Prison Fellowship

David A. Keene
Chairman, Board of Directors
American Conservative Union

Tom McClusky
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council Action

Tom Minnery
Senior Vice President
Government and Public Policy
Focus on the Family

Dr. Richard Land
President
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention

Galen Carey
Director of Government Affairs
National Association of Evangelicals

Greg Mitchell
The Mitchell Firm

Penny Nance
CEO
Concerned Women for America

Grover Norquist

Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

Roland C. Warren
President
The National Fatherhood Initiative

The Sentencing Project

Zena D. Crenshaw
Executive Director and Board Member
POPULAR, Inc. Ė Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored

John W. Whitehead
President
The Rutherford Institute

Dr. Andrew D. Jackson
Deputy Director
National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc.

Alliance For Patient Safety.org

The Aleph Institute

National Association of Social Workers

Justice and Witness Ministries/United Church of Christ

American Legislative Exchange Council

James Landrith
Founder
The Multiracial Activist

Don Racheter, PhD

Just Detention International

Open Society Policy Center
National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.

AdvoCare, Inc.

Prison Ministry Task Force, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

Rev. Jim Wallis
President and CEO
Sojourners

Hilary O. Shelton
Director
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Washington Bureau & Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy

American Civil Liberties Union

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)

The Rebecca Project

National Immigrant Justice Center

Human Rights Watch

_________________________
Member of RAINN Speakers Bureau and syndicated blogger
Good Men Project author
Vice President, Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma
http://jameslandrith.com

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#338723 - 08/20/10 11:01 PM Re: Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) [Re: James Landrith]
catfish86 Offline
Member
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Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 820
Loc: Ohio
Amen to this. There is no worse hell than experiencing the helplessness of being raped.

_________________________
God grant me
The Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.

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#338738 - 08/21/10 09:58 AM Re: Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) [Re: catfish86]
InsideTheWall Offline


Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 279
But... I WANT pedos to get raped in prison.


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#352336 - 01/29/11 09:25 PM Re: Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) [Re: InsideTheWall]
James Landrith Offline


Registered: 07/07/08
Posts: 40
Loc: Alexandria, VA, USA
I've recently blogged on this topic again, in response to another blogger's sexist, minimizing and bigoted rant against male survivors :

A Real Perspective on Prison Rape

http://jameslandrith.com/content/view/3753/79/

_________________________
Member of RAINN Speakers Bureau and syndicated blogger
Good Men Project author
Vice President, Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma
http://jameslandrith.com

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