The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 became became the first federal law passed to address sexual violence in detention facilities.
Under PREA, inmates who are committed to the custody of the NJDOC:
Have the right to serve their incarceration free of sexual abuse and sexual harassment
Have the right to be free from retaliation, whether victim, perpetrator, or reporter of sexual abuse or harassment
Have the responsibility not to engage in sexually abusive and sexually harassing conduct
Are assessed for PREA risk of being sexually victimized by those at risk of being sexually abusive
Have the right to access medical and mental health services that address sexual abuse
Have access to external sexual abuse emotional support services
SAFE In Hunterdon provides inmates with external emotional support services regardless of whether the abuse occurred while they were in custody. Inmates can call our hotline for emotional support between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Following a sexual assault, inmates have access to a medical forensic examination, where they will be accompanied by an advocate before, during, and after the examination for emotional support.
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