|State of New Jersey
"Protecting Public Safety by Changing Offender Behavior"
Marcus O. Hicks, Esq.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) maintains compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Signed into federal law in 2003, PREA is designed to prevent, detect, and respond to incidences of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities.
Under PREA, inmates who are committed to the custody of the NJDOC:
PREA reporting and resource information is available throughout each correctional facility. Additionally, Institutional PREA Compliance Managers are assigned at each correctional facility to oversee and coordinate PREA compliance.
NJDOC Zero Tolerance Policy
The NJDOC maintains a zero tolerance toward all forms of inmate sexual abuse and inmate sexual harassment. The NJDOC will respond to, investigate, and support the prosecution of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within the correctional system and externally in partnership with state and local authorities.
The NJDOC accepts and investigates all inmate and third party verbal, written, and anonymous reports of sexual abuse/sexual harassment. Additionally, the County Prosecutor may be contacted for potential criminal investigation and prosecution. All NJDOC staff members, contractors and volunteers receive training on their duties and responsibilities under the NJDOC’s zero tolerance policy and PREA standards.
All NJDOC staff members, contractors and volunteers are required to immediately report any occurrence of inmate sexual abuse /sexual harassment.
Reporting Inmate Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment
Inmates who are victims of sexual abuse/ sexual harassment, or have knowledge of sexual abuse/sexual harassment should immediately report the incident by using any of the following reporting methods:
Third Party Reporting of Inmate Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment:
Family members, friends, attorneys, clergy or any other third party may make a report of sexual abuse/sexual harassment on an inmate’s behalf by using any of the following methods:
Below is a list of PREA Audit Reports. PREA audit cycles run every three years from Aug. 20 - Aug. 19