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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

NOTE:  This facility closed on April 12, 2018. 

For information on Juvenile Probation or Detention, please call:  860-721-2100 (or visit Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch)

Department of Corrections PREA HOTLINE:  1-770-743-7783


PREA Practice Guide
PREA Policy

ABOUT PREA:  The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. The final standards became effective June 20, 2012, when they were published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Federal Register. More recently, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released final standards for DHS confinement facilities, effective May 6, 2014. 

The Department of Children and Families has zero tolerance of all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.  Consistent with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment generated by juveniles residing in or confined to a facility operated or contracted by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the confinement of juveniles shall be referred for investigation. The medical and psychological trauma of sexual abuse or harassment shall be minimized as much as possible by prompt and appropriate health interventions and through the use of trauma screenings and assessment. 

If you have been or somebody you know has been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment while in a facility operated or contracted by the DCF for the confinement of juveniles, or if you have been or somebody you know has been the subject of retaliation for reporting sexual abuse or sexual harassment, please contact the DCF Careline at 1-800-842-2288 or the DOC PREA Hotline at 1-770-743-7783.


Law enforcement shall serve as the investigating authority for all allegations of sexual abuse that occur within the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS.) All allegations of sexual abuse that occur within the CJTS, either between individuals in custody or by an employee, must be reported as soon as practical to law enforcement, the Superintendent and the PREA Coordinator in accordance with the reporting procedures. Sexual abuse investigations by law enforcement may occur concurrently with an administrative investigation by CJTS personnel. The CJTS will cooperate with law enforcement as needed.

Please follow this link to access the Connecticut State Police guidelines for PREA related investigations.




Data Collection and Review
     Rate of Sexual Abuse - 2016
     Rate of Sexual Abuse -2015
PREA Audit Report
     PREA Report 2016
     PREA Practice Guide (updated for 10/1/16)