Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 drives all CDCR Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) efforts to combat sexual abuse and sexual misconduct within DJJ facilities and youth conservation camps. The vision of DJJ is to end the causes and tragic effects of crime, violence and victimization in our communities through a collaborative effort that provides intervention to at-risk populations and quality services from the time of arrest that will assist our offender population in achieving successful reintegration into society. DJJ has an overarching mission to provide opportunities for growth and change by identifying and responding to the unique needs of our youth. We do this through effective treatment, education and interventions in order to encourage positive lifestyles, reduce recidivism, strengthen families and protect our communities. Based on this, DJJ maintains zero tolerance for sexual violence, staff sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in DJJ facilities and camp.
Offender and staff safety is paramount to the mission of rehabilitation. CDCR has identified the provision of safe living and working environments as an overarching strategy within the organization. We recognize that offenders must feel safe in DJJ facilities and camp in order for any rehabilitation and treatment to take place. PREA compliance is a significant factor in providing the necessary safety and security for successful rehabilitation.