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Metropolitan Detention Center Reaches Full Compliance under Prison Rape Elimination Act

11/21/2019

The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) has reached full compliance with federal standards under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 and is the first federal law of its kind, intended to deter the sexual assault of prisoners. The act created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing standards for the elimination of prison rape. Those standards became effective in 2012. The Metropolitan Detention Center began the audit process in December 2018 and completed it in October 2019, when the facility received its full compliance rating.

There are 52 standards under PREA. Correctional facilities are audited for 45 of those standards. The audited standards include regulations for investigative practices, employee training, prisoner screening and classification, inmate disciplinary sanctions and more. The audit process follows a typical path of pre-audit, on-site audit, interim report, corrective action and final report. During the on-site portion, a Department of Justice certified PREA auditor toured MDC, spoke with both staff and inmates and reviewed policy and procedure.

The Metropolitan Detention Center’s interim audit report, issued in March 2019, listed 24 standards in compliance and 21 not in compliance. Following the interim report, MDC worked to implement numerous corrective actions including:

  • Facility upgrades, such as privacy window etching in cells, additional privacy curtains in bathroom areas and privacy partitions in cell toilet areas
  • Eight new PREA policies, addressing investigative procedure, incident response, incident reporting and more
  • Revamped investigation process, including a new investigation team
  • Increased employee training, which included six different components on topics including PREA policies, sexual abuse in jails, first responder duties and retaliation. MDC’s interim PREA administrator also attended 30 hours of in-person training conducted by the National PREA Resource Center

The Metropolitan Detention Center is required to undergo a PREA audit every three years, but based on the current federal audit cycle, the facility’s next audit will be conducted in 2020.

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