Magazine article Corrections Forum

Rape Legislation

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Rape Legislation

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On July 25, the House cleared for the president's signature S. 1435, the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, which the Senate passed on July 21. The bill, which is similar to the House-passed H.R. 1707, would require the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), to conduct annually a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape. It would establish within the DOJ's National Institute of Corrections (NIC) a national clearinghouse to provide information and assistance to, and would direct the NIC to conduct periodic training and education programs for, federal, state, and local authorities responsible for the prevention, investigation, and punishment of instances of prison rape. It would authorize two-year grants to states, units of local government, prisons, and prison systems to undertake more effective efforts to prevent prison rape, to investigate such incidents, and to punish the perpetrators. The grants would not exceed $1 million per award and would require at least a 50 percent match. …

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