BCDC Compliance with PREA 2014

Media Release

October 8, 2014

Brazos County Jail in Compliance with Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act

 

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law enacted to eliminate and prevent sexual assault and sexual misconduct in correctional systems. Correctional facilities are required to be audited every three years to gauge their compliance with the PREA standards for jails and prisons as promulgated by the United States Department of Justice.

Additionally, a recent Inter-Governmental Agency (IGA) agreement between Brazos County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) requires compliance with PREA.

On August 11-12, 2014 The Brazos County Detention Center was inspected by Ronaldo Myers, a United States Department of Justice Certified PREA Auditor, to examine our compliance with the provisions of the PREA. Mr. Myers was complementarity of staff. He reported it was clear staff had been trained, staff understood the training, and staff had implemented the training in how they accomplished daily tasks related to the prevention of sexual assault and sexual misconduct.

The auditor reported that he had found The Brazos County Detention Center to be in full compliance with PREA. The implementation of policies and procedures to comply with the PREA standards for jails and prisons required significant changes to daily operations and additional training.

Very few facilities nation-wide have attempted to achieve compliance and even fewer have successfully met these requirements. I am proud to note that the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office has demonstrated compliance with the standards of PREA.

Quote from Sheriff Kirk: “The Brazos County Office of Sheriff has a “zero-tolerance” policy for sexual assault and sexual harassment.  Detention Center employees have met the challenge to comply with PREA and I am exceptionally proud of their efforts”

The full results of the audit report can be viewed on the jail’s website at:

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