The Elimination of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment in Correctional Facilities Minimum Standards, which were implemented in 2016, are designed to detect, prevent and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment of persons incarcerated in jails and other facilities operated by the Department.
In April 2015, the New York City Public Advocate Letitia James petitioned the Board to adopt rules consistent with national standards that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had promulgated pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), 42 U.S.C. § 15601 (codified in 28 C.F.R. Part 115), et seq., in response to the epidemic of sexual violence in the nation's prisons and jails. The Board accepted the petition at its June 9, 2015 meeting, and after several months of fact-finding by the Board’s ad hoc PREA Committee, developed proposed rules which incorporate in whole or in part many elements of the national standards.