What is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a national law passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2003. PREA establishes national standards for the detection, prevention, and response to sexual misconduct in federal, state, and local correctional confinement facilities. The act mandates correctional agencies and programs to establish a zero tolerance policy, increase accountability of administrators, and implement methods to ensure compliance with PREA standards.

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The WOW program is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for youth and staff, and continuously implements practices and procedures to ensure safety. The program complies with the Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) zero tolerance PREA policy and has established program procedures and administrative guidelines to adhere to the policy.

In July 2014, a PREA audit was conducted by a Department of Justice certified PREA auditor to determine WOW’s PREA compliance. The program was found compliant with all PREA standards, and will continue to implement practices to maintain compliance.

Third Party Reporting

Anyone can report a suspected PREA related incident that may have occurred at the WOW program. To report a PREA incident, use the third party reporting form, or contact the DYS Hotline at 1-855-332-1594. All PREA allegations will be investigated.

PREA Report(s)

2014 PREA Audit Report