Magazine article Corrections Forum

President Signs Prison Rape Reduction Measure

Magazine article Corrections Forum

President Signs Prison Rape Reduction Measure

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On Sept. 4, the president signed into law the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 as Public Law 108-79. The measure requires 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 establishes within 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 authorizes 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 may not exceed $1 million per award and would require at least a 50 percent match. …

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